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Back To Vidyya NICE Guidance On The Use Of Zanamivir (Relenza): Implementation Guidance For NHS
This guidance has been prepared by the UK Department of Health and the National Assembly for Wales in conjunction with NICE. NICE recommends zanamivir for the treatment of at-risk adults who present within 36 hours of the onset of influenza like illness (ILI) when influenza is circulating within the community and who are able to commence treatment within 48 hours of the onset of these symptoms. More...

Back To Vidyya Form: Telephone Triage For Flu-Like Illness
It is likely that most patients developing flu symptoms will contact their physicians by telephone before proceeding to the office. Health professionals working under a well drafted protocol with standard diagnostic questions could recommend whether a prescription is appropriate. As an aid to this and for more general planning purposes GP practices may wish to identify in advance their at risk population for whom zanamivir might be appropriate. Get a well-drafted telephone protocol from the UK Department Of Health in today's issue of Vidyya. More...

Back To Vidyya Questions And Answers: Detection And Control Of Influenza Outbreaks In Acute Care Facilities
An active surveillance program for influenza and influenza-like illness can help acute care facilities identify outbreaks of influenza early in their course and prevent influenza from spreading to patients and healthcare personnel, thereby decreasing influenza-related complications among patients and reducing work absenteeism. More...

Back To Vidyya Antiviral Drugs For Influenza
Although influenza vaccine is the primary prevention measure for influenza, antiviral drugs for influenza are an important adjunct to influenza vaccine for the control and prevention of influenza. Four currently licensed agents are available in the United States: amantadine, rimantadine, zanamivir, and oseltamivir. More...

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Hoax: Requests For Money For Flu Vaccine For The Elderly
The CDC has received reports of telephone calls asking for donations to purchase influenza vaccine for the elderly because of a flu vaccine shortage. The CDC is unaware of unaware of and does not support organizations soliciting funds for the purchase of flu vaccine for elderly Americans. More...

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