The clinical spectrum of influenza ranges from asymptomatic infection to primary viral pneumonia that may progress to death.
Patients presenting with influenza-like illness (ie temperature of 37.8ºC, cough and/or sore throat and absence of a known cause other than influenza) might be infected with different types of influenza virus [eg avian influenza (H5N1)] as well as other respiratory pathogens.
A high index of suspicion is needed to recognize influenza in hospitalized patients.
Pneumonia is the most common complication of influenza virus.
While it is tempting to draw lessons from previous influenza pandemic in dealing with the relatively new COVID-19 pandemic, emerging data show just how much deadlier COVID-19 intrinsically is compared with influenza — with higher rates of deaths and complications among hospitalized patients with COVID-19.
Having vaccination against influenza during pregnancy was not associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the offspring, a large cohort study reveals — providing more support for vaccination during pregnancy.
Children who are fully vaccinated against the flu, ie, receive the recommended number of influenza vaccine doses, have a lower risk of acquiring influenza compared with those who are partially vaccinated, a US study found.
Adding the neuraminidase inhibitor oseltamivir to usual care speeds up recovery from influenza-like illness by a day compared with usual care alone, with even greater benefits seen in older, sicker patients with comorbidities, according to the ALIC4E study.
Healthcare personnel (HCP) who use medical masks when in contact with patients with respiratory illness are no more likely to acquire influenza or other viral respiratory illnesses than HCPs who use N95 respirators, according to the ResPECT* study.
Influenza burden in Singapore has been on the rise since 2010, with young children (aged ≤4 years) and the elderly (aged ≥65 years) being most susceptible to influenza‐associated hospitalization for pneumonia and influenza (P&I), a local study has shown.
Influenza vaccination effectively reduced the risk of influenza-related hospitalizations in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) compared with those who were not vaccinated, according to a study presented at ATS 2019.
The selective cap-dependent endonuclease inhibitor baloxavir marboxil (hereafter baloxavir) effectively improves influenza symptoms in adolescent patients and those at high risk for influenza complications, according to two subanalyses of the CAPSTONE studies presented at ECCMID 2019.
The prevalence of allergic diseases in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to rise over the next 20 years, driven by rapid economic development and urbanization. Allergic diseases have high socioeconomic impact by impairing productivity and quality of life, and the impact may be greater in Asia-Pacific than in Europe due to the presence and predominance of perennial allergens.