Influenza Flu

  • History / PE:
    Fevers, chills
    Cough, coryza
    Myalgias, weakness
  • Diagnosis:
    Rapid influenza tests of viral anitgens
  • Treatment:
    Analgesics and cough medicine
    Oseltamivir, zanamivir (neuraminidase inhibitors) within 48 hours
    Ranitidine, amantidine (only effective against Influenza A)
  • Side Effects:
    For asthmatics, use oseltamivir because zanamivir is associated with bronchospasm in 5-10% of patients with asthma

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August 2nd 2010