Category Archives: Infectious Disease


Part two will cover the important basics about the flu treatment, chemoprophylaxis, high risk patient population w/ the flu management. This is a compilation of information provided by the CDC along with reference papers that have been clinically relevant as they have been referenced multiple times over the last few weeks during my rotation in the ED. 


Note that Tamiflu is now FDA approved for patients age 2-weeks and older (FDA NEWS RELEASE link)



Pregnant women

Oseltamivir is preferred for treatment of pregnant women. Pregnant women are recommended to receive the same antiviral dosing as nonpregnant persons

  • Zanamivir might be preferred by some providers because of its limited systemic absorption; however, respiratory complications that might be associated with zanamivir because of its inhaled route of administration need to be considered, especially in women at risk for respiratory problems
  • Pregnant women are known to be at higher risk for complications from infection with seasonal influenza viruses and severe disease among pregnant women was reported during past pandemics
  • Oseltamivir, zanamivir, rimantadine, and amantadine are “Pregnancy Category C” medications, indicating that data from clinical studies are not adequate to assess the safety of these medications for pregnant women

Persons w/ impaired renal function

Oseltamivir: For patients with creatinine clearance of 10–30 mL per minute, a reduction of the treatment dosage of oseltamivir to 75 mg once daily and in the chemoprophylaxis dosage to 75 mg every other day is recommended

  • Serum concentrations of oseltamivir carboxylate, the active metabolite of oseltamivir, increase with declining renal function.

Person w/ Immunosuppression

  • oseltamivir was safe and well tolerated when used during the control of an influenza outbreak among hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients living in a residential facility
  • Source: (retrospective study: Vu D, Peck AJ, Nichols WG, et al. Safety and tolerability of oseltamivir prophylaxis in hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients: a retrospective casecontrol study. Clin Infect Dis 2007;45:187–93.)


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It’s that time of year: Flu QuickHits (part 1)

Part one (written by second year Nick Mancuso) will cover the important basics about the flu epidemic this season. Great summary!

The 2012/13 vaccine contains the typical triad against an H1N1, H3N2, and an influenza B variant.

  • A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus
  • A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus
  • B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus.

Symptoms overlap with many URI’s, however the classics:

Abrupt onset, Chills, Varying fever temps, Myalgias, Frontal/retro-orbital headache, Sore throat, Nausea/Vomiting


can be difficult because samples are sent to labs and take time to get results. A nasopharyngeal culture is taken. Most diagnosis is done at the bedside based on clinical criteria. Rapid tests are not accurate and results vary. (Check continue reading for more info about diagnostic tests!)


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For some cool data and graphs from the CDC continue reading…

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