ADULT SMOKERS AND INFLUENZA: HOW VACCINATION COULD POTENTIALLY ADDRESS POOR OUTCOMES IN THIS PATIENT GROUP
05 Nov 2019
Influenza infection is often times underrecognised and underdiagnosed in Malaysia even though it may occur at anytime of the year, unlike in temperate countries. Smoking is a well-established risk factor for influenza infection, and it is associated with a more severe disease course, morbidity and mortality. The National Avian Influenza Surveillance System of Thailand reported that current or former smoking is among the risk factors associated with a fatal outcome in patients with influenza.