Updated antiviral guidelines and rapid tests for diagnosing influenza – Australian National Prescribing Service June 2009

Posted on June 10, 2009. Filed under: Diagnostics, Infectious Diseases, Influenza A(H1N1) / Swine Flu, Pathology, Pharmacy |

Updated antiviral guidelines and rapid tests for diagnosing influenza

“Guidelines for prescribing antivirals for people who have been in contact with suspected or confirmed cases of swine influenza (H1N1) have been updated by the Department of Health and Ageing following more confirmed cases in Australia. The Department now recommends the following.

Antiviral medication may be prescribed to close contacts of confirmed or influenza A positive suspected cases provided it is commenced within 7 days of last contact with the patient while the patient was still infectious.

Any prescription of antiviral medication should be on the recommendation of the local public health unit.” …continues on the website

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