Influenza Perspective

 
 
  • Sometimes Doctors Need to Be Nudged A good electronic record system can help doctors remember to do what they wanted to do anyway.
  • Are Pharmacists Your Competitors or Your Collaborators? As physicians struggle to keep up with demand for their services, pharmacists are picking up some of that business. Many physicians are comfortable with this, but others feel differently.
  • Parents vs Doctor: Who Is Really in Charge?   In most cases, medical treatment decisions for children are made without much conflict between parents and physicians. Sometimes, however, there is an issue. Should parental authority be overridden?
  • Influenza and MRSA Pneumonia   Dr Paul Auwaerter discusses the antimicrobial options for postinfluenza MRSA pneumonia, and makes the case for a universal flu vaccine.
  • 2018 ACIP Immunization Schedules: Key Changes Drs David Kim and Candice Robinson, from the CDC, provide a brief bulleted summary of the key changes clinicians should know.
  • Influenza Deaths in Children: Putting It Into Context   The media reports of influenza-related deaths in children are frightening. How does this year compare with prior years?
  • Influenza or Influenza-like Illness: Does It Matter? Dr Andrew Pavia sheds light on the differences between ILI and flu, including the use of antivirals.
  • Health Proverbs: A Kernel of Truth or Just Plain Corny? If health proverbs aren't true, why have they hung around for so long? See what you think of these long-standing aphorisms.
  • Influenza Strikes Again: 100 Years After Great Pandemic As we mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the pandemic -- which swept across the globe in three waves, killing tens of millions of people -- we look at what's changed since 1918.
  • Lessons From the Front Lines of the Influenza Outbreak   As the 2017-18 flu season rages on, experts discuss the best ways to help vulnerable patients.
  • Lives Are Saved Even With a 'Less Effective' Vaccine   Dr Paul Offit explains the various ways the flu virus can mutate away from the strains in the vaccine, as it has in the 2017-2018 season.
  • Missing Influenza in Our Older Patients   Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy highlights a recent study suggesting that we might not see typical flu symptoms in the elderly.
  • 2018 Influenza Antiviral Recommendations Prevention through vaccination is best, but when influenza strikes, use antiviral options for treatment.
  • Withdrawing Therapy in Patients With Arthritis   Dr Jonathan Kay reviews three studies evaluating three different withdrawal strategies for patients with arthritis, from the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.
  • Top News From ACR 2017: Slideshow A highly anticipated trial probing the benefit of stopping methotrexate for 2 weeks after flu vaccination to boost immune response in RA patients is among the meeting highlights.
  • The Flu Shot During Pregnancy: Safe and Effective After a study linked miscarriage with the flu vaccine, many pregnant women became reluctant to receive it. Here's what clinicians should tell pregnant women to reassure them about the safety of the flu vaccine.
  • How to Prevent Hurricane-Related Deaths Disaster medical assistant teams were dispatched immediately after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Find out what they are and how to join.
  • Preventing Flu in Older Adults With higher mortality and complications from flu, adults aged 65 years or older need protection against this seasonal infection.
  • High-Dose Vitamin D and URIs in Kids A study compared high-dose and standard-dose vitamin D in the prevention of viral URIs in children.
  • Why No LAIV Again This Year? In children, the live attenuated influenza vaccine had a paltry effectiveness rate compared with other flu vaccines.