Prevention and control of influenza: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices , 2007
Anthony E. Fiore
Recommendations for Using Antiviral Agents for Seasonal Influenza
Although annual vaccination is the primary strategy for preventing complications of influenza virus infections, antiviral medications with activity against influenza viruses can be effective for the chemoprophylaxis and treatment of influenza. Four licensed influenza antiviral agents are available in the United States: amantadine, rimantadine, zanamivir, and oseltamivir. Influenza A virus resistance to amantadine and rimantadine can emerge rapidly during treatment. Because antiviral testing results indicated high levels of resistance (367-370), neither amantadine nor rimantadine should be used for the treatment or chemoprophylaxis of influenza in the United States during the 2007-08 influenza season. Surveillance demonstrating that susceptibility to these antiviral medications has been reestablished among circulating influenza A viruses will be needed before amantadine or rimantadine can be used for the treatment or chemoprophylaxis of influenza A. Oseltamivir or zanamivir can be prescribed if antiviral treatment of influenza is indicated. Oseltamivir is approved for treatment of persons aged [greater than or equal to] 1 year, and zanamivir is approved for treating persons aged [greater than or equal to] 7 years. Oseltamivir and zanamivir can be used for chemoprophylaxis of influenza; oseltamivir is licensed for use as chemoprophylaxis in persons aged [greater than or equal to] 1 year, and zanamivir is licensed for use in persons aged [greater than or equal to] 5 years.
Antiviral Agents for Influenza
Zanamivir and oseltamivir are chemically related antiviral medications known as neuraminidase inhibitors that have activity against both influenza A and B viruses. The two medications differ in pharmacokinetics, adverse events, routes of administration, approved age groups, dosages, and costs. An overview of the indications, use, administration, and known primary adverse events of these medications is presented in the following sections. Package inserts should be consulted for additional information. Detailed information about amantadine and rimantadine is available in previous ACIP influenza recommendations (371).
Role of Laboratory Diagnosis
Appropriate treatment of patients with respiratory illness depends on both accurate and timely diagnosis. Influenza surveillance information and diagnostic testing can aid clinical judgment and help guide treatment decisions. For example, early diagnosis of influenza can reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics and provide the option of using antiviral therapy. However, because certain bacterial infections can produce symptoms similar to influenza, if bacterial infections are suspected, they should be considered and treated appropriately. In addition, secondary invasive bacterial infections can be a severe complication of influenza.
The accuracy of clinical diagnosis of influenza on the basis of symptoms alone is limited because symptoms from illness caused by other pathogens can overlap considerably with infuenza (26,39,40). Influenza surveillance by state and local health departments and CDC can provide information regarding the circulation of influenza viruses in the community. Surveillance also can identify the predominant circulating types, influenza A subtypes, and strains of influenza viruses.
Diagnostic tests available for influenza include viral culture, serology, rapid antigen testing, reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and immunofluorescence assays (372). Sensitivity and specificity of any test for influenza can vary by the laboratory that performs the test, the type of test used, the type of specimen tested, the quality of the specimen, and the timing of specimen collection in relation to illness onset. Among respiratory specimens for viral isolation or rapid detection of influenza viruses, nasopharyngeal and nasal specimens have higher yields than throat swab specimens (373). As with any diagnostic test, results should be evaluated in the context of other clinical and epidemiologic information available to health-care providers. In addition, positive influenza tests have been reported up to 7 days after receipt of LAIV (374).
Commercial rapid diagnostic tests are available that can detect influenza viruses within 30 minutes (375,376). Certain tests are approved for use in any outpatient setting, whereas others must be used in a moderately complex clinical laboratory. These rapid tests differ in the types of influenza viruses they can detect and whether they can distinguish between influenza types. Different tests can detect 1) only influenza A viruses; 2) both influenza A and B viruses, but not distinguish between the two types; or 3) both influenza A and B and distinguish between the two. None of the rapid influenza diagnostic tests provides any information on influenza A subtypes.
The types of specimens acceptable for use (i.e., throat, nasopharyngeal, or nasal aspirates, swabs, or washes) also vary by test, but all perform best when collected as close to illness onset as possible. The specificity and, in particular, the sensitivity of rapid tests are lower than for viral culture and vary by test (372,375-372). Because of the lower sensitivity of the rapid tests, physicians should consider confirming negative tests with viral culture or other means because of the possibility of false-negative rapid test results, especially during periods of peak community influenza activity. Because the positive predictive value of rapid tests will be lower during periods of low influenza activity, when interpreting results of a rapid influenza test, physicians should consider the positive and negative predictive values of the test in the context of the level of influenza activity in their community (372). Package inserts and the laboratory performing the test should be consulted for more details regarding use of rapid diagnostic tests. Additional updated information concerning diagnostic testing is available at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/lab diagnosis.htm.
Despite the availability of rapid diagnostic tests, collecting clinical specimens for viral culture is critical for surveillance purposes and can be helpful in clinical management: Only culture isolates of influenza viruses can provide specific information regarding circulating strains and subtypes of influenza viruses and data on antiviral resistance. This information is needed to compare current circulating influenza strains with vaccine strains, to guide decisions regarding influenza treatment and chemoprophylaxis, and to formulate vaccine for the coming year. Virus isolates also are needed to monitor antiviral resistance and the emergence of novel influenza A subtypes that might pose a pandemic threat.
Antiviral Drug-Resistant Strains of Influenza
Adamantane resistance among circulating influenza A viruses has increased rapidly worldwide over the past several years. The proportion of influenza A viral isolates submitted from throughout the world to the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Control of Influenza at CDC that were adamantane-resistant increased from 0.4% during 1994-1995 to 12.3% during 2003-2004 (378). During the 2005-06 influenza season, CDC determined that 193 (92%) of 209 influenza A (H3N2) viruses isolated from patients in 26 states demonstrated a change at amino acid 31 in the M2 gene that confers resistance to adamantanes (367,368). In addition, two (25%) of eight influenza A (H1N1) viruses tested were resistant (368). All 2005-06 influenza season isolates in these studies remained sensitive to neuraminidase inhibitors (367-369). Preliminary data from the 2006-07 influenza season indicates that resistance to adamantanes remains high among influenza A isolates, but resistance to neuraminidase inhibitors is extremely uncommon (<1% of isolates) (CDC, unpublished data, 2007). Amantadine or rimantidine should not be used for the treatment or prevention of influenza in the United States until evidence of susceptibility to these antiviral medications has been reestablished among circulating influenza A viruses.
Influenza A viral resistance to adamantanes can emerge rapidly during treatment because a single point mutation at amino acid positions 26, 27, 30, 31, or 34 of the M2 protein can confer cross resistance to both amantadine and rimantadine (379,380). Adamantane-resistant influenza A virus strains can emerge in approximately one third of patients when either amantadine or rimantadine is used for therapy (379,381,382). Resistant influenza A virus strains can replace susceptible strains within 2-3 days of starting amantadine or rimantadine therapy (383,384). Resistant influenza A viruses have been isolated from persons who live at home or in an institution in which other residents are taking or have recently taken amantadine or rimantadine as therapy (385,386). Persons who have influenza A virus infection and who are treated with either amantadine or rimantadine can shed susceptible viruses early in the course of treatment and later shed drug-resistant viruses, including after 5-7 days of therapy (381).
Resistance to zanamivir and oseltamivir can be induced in influenza A and B viruses in vitro (387-394), but induction of resistance typically requires multiple passages in cell culture. By contrast, resistance to amantadine and rimantadine in vitro can be induced with fewer passages in cell culture (395,3.96). Development of viral resistance to zanamivir or oseltamivir during treatment has been identified but does not appear to be frequent (3.97-401). One limited study reported that oseltamivir-resistant influenza A viruses were isolated from nine (18%) of 50 Japanese children during treatment with oseltamivir (402). Transmission of neuraminidase inhibitor-resistant influenza B viruses between humans is rare but has been documented (403). No isolates with reduced susceptibility to zanamivir have been reported from clinical trials, although the number of posttreatment isolates tested is limited (404,405). Only one clinical isolate with reduced susceptibility to zanamivir, obtained from an immunocompromised child on prolonged therapy, has been reported (405).
Laboratory studies suggest that influenza viruses with oseltamivir resistance have diminished replication competence and infectivity. However, prolonged shedding of oseltamiviror zanamivir-resistant virus by severely immunocompromised patients, even after cessation ofoseltamivir treatment, has been reported (406-402). Tests that can detect clinical resistance to the neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral drugs are being developed (404,408), and postmarketing surveillance for neuraminidase inhibitor-resistant influenza viruses is being conducted. Among 2,287 isolates obtained from multiple countries during 1999-2002, only eight (0.33%) had a greater-than-tenfold decrease in susceptibility to oseltamivir, and two (25%) of these eight also were resistant to zanamivir (409).
Indications for Use of Antivirals When Susceptibility Exists
Initiation of antiviral treatment within 2 days of illness onset is recommended, although the benefit of treatment is greater as the time after illness onset is reduced. The benefit of antiviral treatment when initiated >2 days after illness onset is minimal for uncomplicated influenza. However, no data are available on the benefit for severe influenza when antiviral treatment is initiated >2 days after illness onset. The recommended duration of treatment with either zanamivir or oseltamivir is 5 days.
Evidence for the effectiveness of these antiviral drugs is based primarily on studies of outpatients with uncomplicated influenza. Few data are available about the effectiveness of antiviral drug treatment for hospitalized patients with complications of influenza. When administered within 2 days of illness onset to otherwise healthy children or adults, zanamivir or oseltamivir can reduce the duration of uncomplicated influenza A and B illness by approximately 1 day compared with placebo (133,410-425). Minimal or no benefit is reported when antiviral treatment is initiated >2 days after onset of uncomplicated influenza. Data on whether viral shedding is reduced are inconsistent. The duration of viral shedding was reduced in one study that employed experimental infection; however, other studies have not demonstrated reduction in the duration of viral shedding. A recent review that examined neuraminidase inhibitor effect on reducing ILI concluded that neuraminidase inhibitors were not effective in the control of seasonal influenza (426). However, lower or no efficacy using a nonspeciflc (compared with laboratory-confirmed influenza) clinical endpoint such as ILI would be expected (422).
More clinical data are available concerning the efficacy of zanamivir and oseltamivir for treatment of influenza A virus infection than for treatment of influenza B virus infection (414,428-438). Data from in vitro studies, treatment studies among mice and ferrets (43.9-445), and human clinical studies have indicated that zanamivir and oseltamivir have activity against influenza B viruses (397,404,414,419,446,447). However, an observational study among Japanese children with culture-confirmed influenza and treated with oseltamivir demonstrated that children with influenza A virus infection resolved fever and stopped shedding virus more quickly than children with influenza B, suggesting that oseltamivir is less effective for the treatment of influenza B (448).
Data are limited regarding the effectiveness of zanamivir and oseltamivir in preventing serious influenza-related complications (e.g., bacterial or viral pneumonia or exacerbation of chronic diseases), or for preventing influenza among persons at high risk for serious complications of influenza (411,412,414,415,419-431). In a study that combined data from 10 clinical trials, the risk for pneumonia among those participants with laboratory-confirmed influenza receiving oseltamivir was approximately 50% lower than among those persons receiving a placebo and 34% lower among patients at risk for complications (p<0.05 for both comparisons) (432). Although a similar significant reduction also was determined for hospital admissions among the overall group, the 50% reduction in hospitalizations reported in the small subset of high-risk participants was not statistically significant. One randomized controlled trial documented a decreased incidence of otitis media among children treated with oseltamivir (413). Another randomized controlled study conducted among influenza-infected children with asthma demonstrated significantly greater improvement in lung function and fewer asthma exacerbations among oseltamivir-treated children compared with those who received placebo but did not determine a difference in symptom duration (449). Inadequate data exist regarding the efficacy of any of the influenza antiviral drugs for use among children aged <1 year, and none are FDA-approved for use in this age group (371).
Chemoprophylactic drugs are not a substitute for vaccination, although they are critical adjuncts in preventing and controlling influenza. In community studies of healthy adults, both oseltamivir and zanamivir had similar efficacy in preventing febrile, laboratory-confirmed influenza illness (efficacy: zanamivir, 84%; oseltamivir, 82%) (414,433). Both antiviral agents also have prevented influenza illness among persons administered chemoprophylaxis after a household member had influenza diagnosed (efficacy: zanamivir, 72%-82%; oseltamivir, 68%-89%) (434,446,450,451). Experience with prophylactic use of these agents in institutional settings or among patients with chronic medical conditions is limited in comparison with the adamantanes, but the majority of published studies have demonstrated moderate to excellent efficacy (397,430,431,435-437). For example, a 6-week study of oseltamivir chemoprophylaxis among nursing home residents demonstrated a 92% reduction in influenza illness (452). The efficacy of antiviral agents in preventing influenza among severely immunocompromised persons is unknown. A small nonrandomized study conducted in a stem cell transplant unit suggested that osehamivir can prevent progression to pneumonia among influenza-infected patients (453).
When determining the timing and duration for administering influenza antiviral medications for chemoprophylaxis, factors related to cost, compliance, and potential adverse events should be considered. To be maximally effective as chemo prophylaxis, the drug must be taken each day for the duration of influenza activity in the community. Currently, oseltamivir is the recommended antiviral drug for chemoprophylaxis of influenza.
Persons at High Risk Who Are Vaccinated After Influenza Activity Has Begun
Development of antibodies in adults after vaccination takes approximately 2 weeks (337,338). Therefore, when influenza vaccine is administered after influenza activity in a community has begun, chemoprophylaxis should be considered for persons at high risk during the time from vaccination until immunity has developed. Children aged <9 years who receive TIV for the first time might require as much as 6 weeks of chemoprophylaxis (i.e., chemoprophylaxis for 4 weeks after the first dose of TIV and an additional 2 weeks of chemoprophylaxis after the second dose). Persons at high risk for complications of influenza still can benefit from vaccination after community influenza activity has begun because influenza viruses might still be circulating at the time vaccine-induced immunity is achieved.
Persons Who Provide Care to Those at High Risk
To reduce the spread of virus to persons at high risk, chemoprophylaxis during peak influenza activity can be considered for unvaccinated persons who have frequent contact with persons at high risk. Persons with frequent contact might include employees of hospitals, clinics, and chronic-care facilities, household members, visiting nurses, and volunteer workers. If an outbreak is caused by a strain of influenza that might not be covered by the vaccine, chemoprophylaxis can be considered for all such persons, regardless of their vaccination status.
Persons Who Have Immune Deficiencies
Chemoprophylaxis can be considered for persons at high risk who are more likely to have an inadequate antibody response to influenza vaccine. This category includes persons infected with HIV, chiefly those with advanced HIV disease. No published data are available concerning possible efficacy of chemoprophylaxis among persons with HIV infection or interactions with other drugs used to manage HIV infection. Such patients should be monitored closely if chemoprophylaxis is administered.
Chemoprophylaxis throughout the influenza season or during increases in influenza activity within the community might be appropriate for persons at high risk for whom vaccination is contraindicated. Chemoprophylaxis also can be offered to persons who wish to avoid influenza illness. Health-care providers and patients should make decisions regarding whether to begin chemoprophylaxis and how long to continue it on an individual basis.
Control of Influenza Outbreaks in Institutions
Use of antiviral drugs for treatment and chemoprophylaxis of influenza is a key component of influenza outbreak control in institutions. In addition to antiviral medications, other outbreak-control measures include instituting droplet precautions and establishing cohorts of patients with confirmed or suspected influenza, re-offering influenza vaccinations to unvaccinated staff and patients, restricting staff movement between wards or buildings, and restricting contact between ill staff or visitors and patients (454-156).
The majority of published reports concerning use of antiviral agents to control influenza outbreaks in institutions are based on studies of influenza A outbreaks among persons in nursing homes who received amantadine or rimantadine (457-461). Less information is available concerning use of neuraminidase inhibitors in influenza A or B institutional outbreaks (430,431,436,452,462). When confirmed or suspected outbreaks of influenza occur in institutions that house persons at high risk, chemoprophylaxis should be started as early as possible to reduce the spread of the virus. In these situations, having preapproved orders from physicians or plans to obtain orders for antiviral medications on short notice can substantially expedite administration of antiviral medications.
When outbreaks occur in institutions, chemoprophylaxis should be administered to all eligible residents, regardless of whether they received influenza vaccinations during the previous fall, and should continue for a minimum of 2 weeks. If surveillance indicates that new cases continue to occur, chemoprophylaxis should be continued until approximately 1 week after the end of the outbreak. Chemoprophylaxis also can be offered to unvaccinated staff members who provide care to persons at high risk. Chemoprophylaxis should be considered for all employees, regardless of their vaccination status, if indications exist that the outbreak is caused by a strain of influenza virus that is not well-matched by the vaccine. Such indications might include multiple documented breakthrough influenza-virus infections among vaccinated persons or circulation in the surrounding community of suspected index case(s) of strains not contained in the vaccine.
In addition to use in nursing homes, chemoprophylaxis also can be considered for controlling influenza outbreaks in other closed or semiclosed settings (e.g., dormitories, correctional facilities, or other settings in which persons live in close proximity). To limit the potential transmission of drug-resistant virus during outbreaks in institutions, whether in chronic or acute-care settings or other closed settings, measures should be taken to reduce contact between persons taking antiviral drugs for treatment and other persons, including those taking chemoprophylaxis.
Dosage recommendations vary by age group and medical conditions (Table 6).
Zanamivir. Zanamivir is approved for treatment of adults with uncomplicated acute illness caused by influenza A or B virus, and for chemoprophylaxis of influenza among adults. Zanamivir is not recommended for persons with underlying airways disease (e.g., asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases).
Oseltamivir. Oseltamivir is approved for treatment of adults with uncomplicated acute illness caused by influenza A or B virus and for chemoprophylaxis of influenza among adults. Dosages and schedules for adults are listed (Table 6).
Zanamivir. Zanamivir is approved for treatment of influenza among children aged [greater than or equal to] 7 years. The recommended dosage of zanamivir for treatment of influenza is 2 inhalations (one 5-mg blister per inhalation for a total dose of 10 rag) twice daily (approximately 12 hours apart). Zanamivir is approved for chemoprophylaxis of influenza among children aged [greater than or equal to] 5 years; the chemoprophylaxis dosage of zanamivir for children aged [greater than or equal to] 5 years is 10 mg (2 inhalations) once a day (405,463).
Oseltamlvir. Oseltamivir is approved for treatment and chemoprophylaxis among children aged [greater than or equal to] 1 year. Recommended treatment dosages vary by the weight of the child: 30 mg twice a day for children who weigh [less than or equal to] 15 kg, 45 mg twice a day for children who weigh > 15-23 kg, 60 mg twice a day for those who weigh >23-40 kg, and 75 mg twice a day for those who weigh >40 kg (397,463). Dosages for chemoprophylaxis are the same for each weight group, but doses are administered only once per day rather than twice.
Persons Aged [greater than or equal to] 65 Years
Zanamivir and Oseltamivir. No reduction in dosage is recommended on the basis of age alone.
Persons with Impaired Renal Function
Zanamivir. Limited data are available regarding the safety and efficacy of zanamivir for patients with impaired renal function. Among patients with renal failure who were administered a single intravenous dose of zanamivir, decreases in renal clearance, increases in half-life, and increased systemic exposure to zanamivir were reported (405). However, a limited number of healthy volunteers who were administered high doses of intravenous zanamivir tolerated systemic levels of zanamivir that were substantially higher than those resulting from administration of zanamivir by oral inhalation at the recommended dose (464,465). On the basis of these considerations, the manufacturer recommends no dose adjustment for inhaled zanamivir for a 5-day course of treatment for patients with either mild-to-moderate or severe impairment in renal function (405).
Oseltamivir. Serum concentrations of oseltamivir carboxylate, the active metabolite of oseltamivir, increase with declining renal function (397,466). For patients with creatinine clearance of 10-30 mL per minute (397), a reduction of the treatment dosage of oseltamivir to 75 mg once daily and in the chemoprophylaxis dosage to 75 mg every other day is recommended. No treatment or chemoprophylaxis dosing recommendations are available for patients undergoing routine renal dialysis treatment.
Persons with Liver Disease
Use of zanamivir or oseltamivir has not been studied among persons with hepatic dysfunction.
Persons with Seizure Disorders
Seizure events have been reported during postmarketing use of zanamivir and oseltamivir, although no epidemiologic studies have reported any increased risk for seizures with either zanamivir or oseltamivir use.
Oseltamivir is administered orally in capsule or oral suspension form. Zanamivir is available as a dry powder that is self-administered via oral inhalation by using a plastic device included in the package with the medication. Patients should be instructed about the correct use of this device.
In studies of healthy volunteers, approximately 7%-21% of the orally inhaled zanamivir dose reached the lungs, and 70%-87% was deposited in the oropharynx (405,467). Approximately 4%-17% of the total amount of orally inhaled zanamivir is absorbed systemically. Systemically absorbed zanamivir has a half-life of 2.5-5.1 hours and is excreted unchanged in the urine. Unabsorbed drug is excreted in the feces (405,465).
Approximately 80% of orally administered oseltamivir is absorbed systemically (466). Absorbed oseltamivir is metabolized to oseltamivir carboxylate, the active neuraminidase inhibitor, primarily by hepatic esterases. Oseltamivir carboxylate has a half-life of 6-10 hours and is excreted in the urine by glomerular filtration and tubular secretion via the anionic pathway (397,468). Unmetabolized oseltamivir also is excreted in the urine by glomerular filtration and tubular secretion (468).
When considering use of influenza antiviral medications (i.e., choice of antiviral drug, dosage, and duration of therapy), clinicians must consider the patient’s age, weight, and renal function (Table 6); presence of other medical conditions; indications for use (i.e., chemoprophylaxis or therapy); and the potential for interaction with other medications.
Limited data are available regarding the safety or efficacy of zanamivir for persons with underlying respiratory disease or for persons with complications of acute influenza, and zanamivir is approved only for use in persons without underlying respiratory or cardiac disease (469). In a study of zanamivir treatment of ILI among persons with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in which study medication was administered after use of a B2-agonist, 13% of patients receiving zanamivir and 14% of patients who received placebo (inhaled powdered lactose vehicle) experienced a >20% decline in forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) after treatment (405,430). However, in a phase-I study of persons with mild or moderate asthma who did not have ILI, one of 13 patients experienced bronchospasm after administration of zanamivir (405). In addition, during postmarketing surveillance, cases of respiratory function deterioration after inhalation of zanamivir have been reported. Because of the risk for serious adverse events and because the efficacy has not been demonstrated among this population, zanamivir is not recommended for treatment for patients with underlying airway disease (405). Allergic reactions, including oropharyngeal or facial edema, also have been reported during postmarketing surveillance (405,430).
In clinical treatment studies of persons with uncomplicated influenza, the frequencies of adverse events were similar for persons receiving inhaled zanamivir and for those receiving placebo (i.e., inhaled lactose vehicle alone) (410-415,430). The most common adverse events reported by both groups were diarrhea, nausea, sinusitis, nasal signs and symptoms, bronchitis, cough, headache, dizziness, and ear, nose, and throat infections. Each of these symptoms was reported by <5% of persons in the clinical treatment studies combined (405). Zanamivir does not impair the immunologic response to TIV (470).
Nausea and vomiting were reported more frequently among adults receiving oseltamivir for treatment (nausea without vomiting, approximately 10%; vomiting, approximately 9%) than among persons receiving placebo (nausea without vomiting, approximately 6%; vomiting, approximately 3%) (397, 416, 417, 471). Among children treated with oseltamivir, 14% had vomiting, compared with 8.5% of placebo recipients. Overall, 1% discontinued the drug secondary to this side effect (419), whereas a limited number of adults who were enrolled in clinical treatment trials of oseltamivir discontinued treatment because of these symptoms (397). Similar types and rates of adverse events were reported in studies of oseltamivir chemoprophylaxis (397). Nausea and vomiting might be less severe if oseltamivir is taken with food (397). No published studies have assessed whether oseltamivir impairs the immunologic response to TIV.
Transient neuropsychiatric events (self-injury or delirium) have been reported postmarketing among persons taking oseltamivir; the majority of reports were among adolescents and adults living in Japan (472). FDA advises that persons receiving oseltamivir be monitored closely for abnormal behavior (397).
Use During Pregnancy
Oseltamivir and zanamivir are both “Pregnancy Category C” medications, indicating that no clinical studies have been conducted to assess the safety of these medications for pregnant women. Because of the unknown effects of influenza antiviral drugs on pregnant women and their fetuses, these two drugs should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the embryo or fetus; the manufacturers’ package inserts should be consulted (397,405). However, no adverse effects have been reported among women who received oseltamivir or zanamivir during pregnancy or among infants born to such women.
Clinical data are limited regarding drug interactions with zanamivir. However, no known drug interactions have been reported, and no clinically critical drug interactions have been predicted on the basis of in vitro and animal study data (397,405,473).
Limited clinical data are available regarding drug interactions with oseltamivir. Because oseltamivir and oseltamivir carboxylate are excreted in the urine by glomerular filtration and tubular secretion via the anionic pathway, a potential exists for interaction with other agents excreted by this pathway. For example, coadministration of oseltamivir and probenecid resulted in reduced clearance of oseltamivir carboxylate by approximately 50% and a corresponding approximate twofold increase in the plasma levels of oseltamivir carboxylate (468).
No published data are available concerning the safety or efficacy of using combinations of any of these influenza antiviral drugs. Package inserts should be consulted for more detailed information about potential drug interactions.
Sources of Information Regarding Influenza and Its Surveillance
Information regarding influenza surveillance, prevention, detection, and control is available at http://www.cdc.gov/ flu. During October-May, surveillance information is updated weekly. In addition, periodic updates regarding influenza are published in the MMWR Weekly Report (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr). Additional information regarding influenza vaccine can be obtained by calling 1-800-CDCINFO (1-800-232-4636). State and local health departments should be consulted concerning availability of influenza vaccine, access to vaccination programs, information related to state or local influenza activity, reporting of influenza outbreaks and influenza-related pediatric deaths, and advice concerning outbreak control.
Responding to Adverse Events After Vaccination
Health-care professionals should report all clinically significant adverse events after influenza vaccination promptly to VAERS, even if the health-care professional is not certain that the vaccine caused the event. Clinically significant adverse events that follow vaccination should be reported at http:/! www.vaers.hhs.gov. Reports may be filed securely online or by telephone at 1-800-822-7967 to request reporting forms or other assistance.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), established by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, as amended, provides a mechanism through which compensation can be paid on behalf of a person determined to have been injured or to have died as a result of receiving a vaccine covered by VICP. The Vaccine Injury Table lists the vaccines covered by VICP and the injuries and conditions (including death) for which compensation might be paid. If the injury or condition is not on the Table, or does not occur within the specified time period on the Table, persons must prove that the vaccine caused the injury or condition.
For a person to be eligible for compensation, the general filing deadlines for injuries require claims to be filed within 3 years after the first symptom of the vaccine injury; for a death, claims must be filed within 2 years of the vaccine-related death and not more than 4 years after the start of the first symptom of the vaccine-related injury from which the death occurred. When a new vaccine is covered by VICP or when a new injury/condition is added to the Table, claims that do not meet the general filing deadlines must be filed within 2 years from the date the vaccine or injury/condition is added to the Table for injuries or deaths that occurred up to 8 years before the Table change. Persons of all ages who receive a VICP-covered vaccine might be eligible to file a claim. Both the intranasal (LMV) and injectable (TIV) trivalent influenza vaccines are covered under VICE Additional information about VICP is available at http//www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation or by calling 1-800-338-2382.
Reporting of Serious Adverse Events After Antiviral Medications
Severe adverse events associated with the administration of antiviral medications used to prevent or treat influenza (e.g., those resulting in hospitalization or death) should be reported to MedWatch, FDA’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program, at telephone 1-800-FDA-1088, by facsimile at 1-800-FDA-O178, or via the Internet by sending Report Form 3500 (available at http://www.fda.gov/med watch/safety/3500.pdf). Instructions regarding the types of adverse events that should be reported are included on MedWatch report forms.
Additional Information Regarding Influenza Virus Infection Control Among Specific Populations
Each year, ACIP provides general, annually updated information regarding control and prevention of influenza. Other reports related to controlling and preventing influenza among specific populations (e.g., immunocompromised persons, HCP, hospital patients, pregnant women, children, and travelers) also are available in the following publications:
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* CDC. Prevention and control of vaccine-preventable diseases in long-term care facilities. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2006. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/infection control/longtermcare.htm.
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* American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Influenza vaccination and treatment during pregnancy. ACOG committee opinion no. 305. Obstet Gynecol 2004; 104:1125-6.
* American Academy of Pediatrics. 2006 red book: report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 27th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2006.
* Bodnar UR, Maloney SA, Fielding KL, et al. Preliminary guidelines for the prevention and control of influenzalike illness among passengers and crew members on cruise ships. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 1999. Available at http://www. cdc.gov/travel/CDCguideflufnl.PDE
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The material in this report originated in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Anne Schuchat, MD, Director; the Influenza Division, Nancy Cox, PhD, Director; and the Immunization Services Division, Lance Rodewald, MD, Director. Corresponding preparer. Anthony Fiore, MD, Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, NE, MS A-20, Atlanta, GA 30333. Telephone: 404-639-2552; Fax: 404-639-2334; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistance in the preparation of this report was provided by Carolyn Bridges, MD, Lenee Blanton, MPH, Scott Epperson, MPH, Larisa Gubareva, MD, PhD, Influenza Division; Jeanne Santoli, MD, Gary L. Euler, DrPH, Peng-jun Lu, PhD, Abigail Shefer, Immunization Services Division; Beth Bell, MD, Office of the Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC.
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* A list of members appears on the inside back cover of this report.
Anthony E. Fiore, MD (1)
David K. Shay, MD (1)
Penina Haber, MPH (3)
John K. Iskander, MD (3)
Timothy M. Uyeki, MD (1)
Gina Mootrey, DO (2)
Joseph S. Bresee, MD (1)
Nancy J. Cox, PhD (1)
(1)Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
(2)Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
(3) Immunization Safety Office, Office of the Director
TABLE 1. Month of peak influenza activity * during
31 influenza seasons–United States, 1976-2006
Nov Dec Jan Feb
No. (%) of years 1 (3) 4 (13) 6 (19) 14 (45)
Mar Apr May
No. (%) of years 4 (13) 1 (3) 1 (3)
* The peak month of activity was defined as the month with the
greatest percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive
for influenza virus. Laboratory data were provided by the U.S.
World Health Organization Collaborating Laboratory (CDC,
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases,
unpublished data, 1976-2006).
TABLE 2. Estimated rates of influenza-associated
hospitalization, by age group and risk group for
selected studies–United States
Study years Population Age group
1973-1993 * Tennessee 0-11 mos
([dagger]) Medicaid 1-2 yrs
1992-1997 Two health 0-23 mos
([section]) maintenance 2-4 yrs
([paragraph]) organizations 5-17 yrs
1968-1969 Health 15-44 yrs
1970-1971 45-64 yrs
1972-1973 ** [greater than
([dagger][dagger]) or equal to]
1969-1995 Discharge <65 yrs
1969-1995 [greater than
([dagger][dagger]) or equal to]
([section][section]) 65 yrs
1979-2001 National All ages
([dagger][dagger] Hospital[dagger]) Discharge
1996-2000 Three health 18-49 yrs
([paragraph][paragraph] maintenance 50-64 yrs[paragraph]) organizations [greater than
or equal to]
2000-2001 **** Two counties <1 yr
([dagger][dagger] 1 yr[dagger][dagger]) 2-<5 yrs
2001-2004 ([dagger] Large [less than[dagger][dagger] children’s or equal to][dagger]) ([section] hospital 6 mos[section][section] 6-11 mos[section]) ([paragraph] 1-<2 yrs[paragraph][paragraph] 2-<3 yrs[paragraph][paragraph])
2000-2004 ([dagger] Three [less than[dagger][dagger] counties or equal to][dagger]) ([paragraph] 6 mos[paragraph][paragraph] 6-23 mos[paragraph][paragraph]) 24-59 mos
2003-2004 ([dagger] 9 states [less than[dagger][dagger] or equal to][dagger]) ***** 6 mos
1994-2000 ([dagger] Health 6-23 mos[dagger][dagger] maintenance 2-4 yrs[dagger][dagger]) organization
2000-2004 ([dagger] Large 0-23 mos[dagger][dagger] children’s 2-4 yrs[dagger]) ([section] hospital 5-11 yrs[section][section] 12-17 yrs[section][section])
100,000 persons 100,000 persons
with high-risk without high-risk
Study years conditions conditions
1973-1993 * 1,900 496-1,038
([dagger]) 800 186
1968-1969 56-110 23-25
1970-1971 392-635 13-23
1972-1973 ** 399-518 —
1969-1995 — 20-42 ([paragraph]
([dagger][dagger]) [paragraph]) ***
1969-1995 — 125-228 ***
1979-2001 — 88 ([section]
([dagger][dagger] [section][dagger]) [section])
1996-2000 40 5
([paragraph][paragraph] 123 18[paragraph]) 556 187
2000-2001 **** — 170
([dagger][dagger] 50[dagger][dagger]) 20
2001-2004 ([dagger] 253[dagger][dagger] 113[dagger]) ([section] 96[section][section] 36[section]) ([paragraph][paragraph][paragraph][paragraph][paragraph])
2000-2004 ([dagger] 240[dagger][dagger] 60[dagger]) ([paragraph] 20[paragraph][paragraph][paragraph][paragraph])
2003-2004 ([dagger] 311 118[dagger][dagger][dagger]) *****
1994-2000 ([dagger] 213 51[dagger][dagger] 142 32[dagger][dagger])
2000-2004 ([dagger] 416[dagger][dagger] 70[dagger]) ([section] 19[section][section] 18[section][section])
* Sources: Neuzil KM, Mellen BG, Wright PF, Mitchel EF Jr, Griffin MR.
Effect of influenza on hospitalizations, outpatient visits, and courses
of antibiotics in children. N Engl J Med 2000;342:225-31. Neuzil KM,
Wright PF, Mitchel EF Jr, Griffin MR. Burden of influenza illness in
children with asthma and other chronic medical conditions. J Pediatr
([dagger]) Outcomes were for acute cardiac or pulmonary conditions.
The low estimate is for infants aged 6-11 months, and the high estimate
is for infants aged 0-5 months.
([section]) Source: Izurieta HA, Thompson WW, Kramarz P, Mitchel EF Jr,
Griffin MR. Influenza and the rates of hospitalization for respiratory
disease among infants and young children. N Engl J Med 2000;342:232-9.
([paragraph]) Outcomes were for acute pulmonary conditions.
Influenza-attributable hospitalization rates for children at high risk
were not included in this study.
** Source: Barker WH, Mullooly JP. Impact of epidemic type A influenza
in a defined adult population. Am J Epidemiol 1980;112:798-811.
([dagger][dagger]) Outcomes were limited to hospitalizations in
which either pneumonia or influenza was listed as the first condition
on discharge records or included anywhere in the list of discharge
([section][section]) Source: Simonsen L, Fukuda K, Schonberger LB,
Cox NJ. Impact of influenza epidemics on hospitalizations. J Infect
([paragraph][paragraph]) Persons at high risk and not at high risk
for influenza-related complications are combined.
*** The low estimate is the average during influenza A (H1 N1) or
influenza B-predominate seasons, and the high estimate is the average
during influenza A (H3N2)-predominate seasons.
([dagger][dagger][dagger]) Source: Thompson WW, Shay DK, Weintraub
E, et al. Influenza-associated hospitalizations in the United States.
([section][section][section]) Outcomes were for rate of primary
respiratory and circulatory hospitalizations. Rate for all ages of
persons, both with and without high-risk conditions.
([paragraph][paragraph][paragraph]) Source: Mullooly JP, Bridges
CB, Thompson WW, et al. Influenza- and RSV-associated hospitalizations
among adults. Vaccine 2006;25:846-55.
**** Source: Iwane MK, Edwards KM, Szilagyi PG, et al.
Population-based surveillance for hospitalizations associated with
respiratory syncytial viirus, influenza virus, and parainfluenza
viruses among young children. Pediatrics 2006;113:1758-64.
influenza virus infection.
([section][section][section][section]) Source: Ampofo K,
Gesteland PH, Bender J, et al. Epidemiology, complications, and cost
of hospitalization in children with laboratory-confirmed influenza
infection. Pediatrics 2006;118:2409-17.
([paragraph][paragraph][paragraph][paragraph]) Source: Poehling
KA, Edwards KM, Weinberg GA, et al. The underrecognized burden of
influenza in young children. N Engl J Med 2006;355:31-40.
***** Source: Schrag SJ, Shay DK, Gershman K, et al. Multistate
surveillance for laboratory-confirmed, influenza-associated
hospitalizations in children, 2003-2004. Pediatr Infect Dis J
([dagger][dagger][dagger][dagger][dagger]) Source: O’Brien MA,
Uyeki TM, Shay DK, et al. Incidence of outpatient visits and
hospitalizations related to influenza in infants and young children.
([section][section][section][section][section]) Source: Coffin
SE, Zaoutis TE, Rosenquist AB, et al. Incidence, complications, and
risk factors for prolonged stay in children hospitalized with
community-acquired influenza. Pediatrics 2007;119:740-8.
TABLE 3. Live, attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) compared with
inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV)
Factor LAIV TIV
Route of Intranasal spray Intramuscular
Type of vaccine Live virus Killed virus
No. of included 3 (2 influenza A, 3 (2 influenza A,
virus strains 1 influenza B) 1 influenza B)
Vaccine virus Annually Annually
Frequency of Annually * Annually *
Approved age and Healthy persons Persons aged
risk groups aged 5-49 yrs [greater than
([section]) or equal to]-6 mos
Interval between 2 6-10 weeks 4 weeks
for children aged[greater than or
equal to]-6 mos-8
years who are
vaccine for the
Can be administered to Yes Yes
family members or close
persons not requiring
a protected environment
Can be administered to No Yes
family members or close
requiring a protected
hematopoietic stem cell
Can be administered to Yes Yes
family members or close
contacts of persons at
high risk but not
Can be simultaneously Yes ([paragraph]) Yes **
If not simultaneously Prudent to space Yes
administered, can be 4 weeks apart
4 wks of another
If not simultaneously Yes Yes
administered, can be
4 wks of an
* Children aged [greater than or equal to] 6 months who have never
received influenza vaccine before should receive 2 doses. Those who
received only 1 dose in their first year of vaccination should receive
2 doses in the following year.
([dagger]) LAIV is currently licensed to be administered only to
persons aged ([greater than or equal to]) 5 years.
([section]) Annual vaccination against influenza is recommended for 1)
all persons, including school-aged children, who want to reduce the
risk of becoming ill with influenza or of transmitting influenza to
others; 2) all children aged 6-59 months (i.e., 6 months-4 years); all
persons aged [greater than or equal to] 50 years; 3) children and
adolescents (aged 6 months-18 years) receiving long-term aspirin
therapy who therefore might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome
after influenza virus infection; 4) women who will be pregnant during
the influenza season; 5) adults and children who have chronic pulmonary
(including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal,
hepatic, hematologic or metabolic disorders (including diabetes
mellitus); 6) adults and children who have immunosuppression
(including immunosuppression caused by medications or by human
immunodeficiency virus ); 7) adults and children who have any
condition (e.g., cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injuries, seizure
disorders, or other neuromuscular disorders) that can compromise
respiratory function or the handling of respiratory secretions or that
can increase the risk for aspiration; 8) residents of nursing homes
and other chronic-care facilities; 9) health-care workers; 10) healthy
household contacts (including children) and caregivers of children
aged 50 years, with particular focus on
vaccinating contacts of children aged <6 months; and 11) healthy
household contacts (including children) and caregivers of persons with
medical conditions that put them at higher risk for severe
complications from influenza. However, no vaccine is approved for
children aged <6 months.
([paragraph]) No data are available regarding effect on safety or
** Inactivated influenza vaccine coadministration has been evaluated
systematically only among adults with pneumococcal polysaccharide
TABLE 4. Approved influenza vaccines for different
age groups–United States, 2007-08 season
Vaccine name Manufacturer
TIV * Fluzone[R] Sanofi Pasteur
TIV * Fluvirin [TM] Novartis Vaccine
TIV * Fluarix [TM] GlaxoSmithKline
TIV * FIuLuval [TM] GlaxoSmithKline
LAIV FluMist [TM] ** Medlmmune
Vaccine Presentation 0.5 mL dose)
TIV * 0.25-mL prefilled syringe 0
0.5-mL prefilled syringe 0
0.5 mL vial 0
5.0-mL multidose vial 25
TIV * 5.0-mL multidose vial 24.5
TIV * 0.5-mL prefilled syringe <1.0
TIV * 5.0-mL multidose vial 25
LAIV 0.2-mL sprayer 0
Vaccine Age group No. of doses
TIV * 6-35 mos 1 or 2 ([dagger])
[greater than or 1 or 2 ([dagger])
equal to] 36 mos
[greater than or 1 or 2 ([dagger])
equal to] 36 mos
[greater than or 1 or 2 ([dagger])
equal to] 6 mos
TIV * [greater than or 1 or 2 ([dagger])
equal to] 4 yrs
TIV * [greater than or 1
equal to] 18 yrs
TIV * [greater than or 1
equal to] 18 yrs
LAIV 5-49 yrs 1 or 2 ([double
TIV * Intramuscular ([section])
TIV * Intramuscular ([section])
TIV * Intramuscular ([section])
TIV * Intramuscular ([section])
* Trivalent inactivated vaccine (TIV). A 0.5-mL dose contains 15 mcg
each of A/Solomon Islands/3/2006 (H1 N1)-like, A/Wisconsin/67/2005
(H3N2)-like, and B/Malaysia/2506/2004-like antigens.
([dagger]) Two doses administered at least 1 month apart are
recommended for children aged 6 months-8 years who are receiving TIV
for the first time and those who only received 1 dose in their first
year of vaccination should receive 2 doses in the following year.
([section]) For adults and older children, the recommended site of
vaccination is the deltoid muscle. The preferred site for infants and
young children is the anterolateral aspect of the thigh.
([paragraph]) Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV).
** FluMist dosage and storage requirements have changed for the 2007-08
influenza season. FIuMist is now shipped to end users at
35[degrees]F-46[degrees]F (2[degrees]C-8[degrees]C). LAIV should be
stored at 35[degrees]F-46[degrees]F (2[degrees]C-8[degrees]C) upon
receipt and should remain at that temperature until the expiration date
is reached. The dose is 0.2 mL, divided equally between each nostril.
([double dagger]) Two doses administered at least 6 weeks apart are
recommended for children aged 5-8 years who are receiving LAIV for
the first time, and those who received only 1 dose in their first year
of vaccination should receive 2 doses in the following year.
TABLE 5. Influenza vaccination * coverage levels among population
groups–National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and National
Immunization Survey (NIS), United States, 2005
sample vaccination level
Population group ([dagger]) % (95% CI ([section]))
Persons with an
Aged 6-23 mos
(NIS ([parallel])) 12,056 33.4 (32.0-34.8)
Aged 50-64 yrs 7,241 22.9 (21.9-24.0)
Aged >65 yrs 5,944 59.6 (58.0-61.0)
Persons with high-risk
Aged 2-17 yrs 985 28.4 (25.3-31.8)
Aged 18-49 yrs 2,576 18.0 (16.3-19.7)
Aged 50-64 yrs 2,350 34.2 (32.0-36.4)
Aged 18-64 yrs 4,926 25.3 (24.0-26.7)
Persons without high-risk
Aged 2-17 yrs 8,631 12.6 (11.7-13.6)
Aged 18-49 yrs 14,970 9.5 (8.9-10.0)
Aged 50-64 yrs 4,880 17.8 (16.6-19.1)
([dagger][dagger]) 304 15.6 (11.2-21.2)
([section][section]) 2,135 33.5 (31.5-35.7)
of persons at high
< 2 years
Aged 2-17 yrs 2,150 16.6 (14.7-18.7)
Aged 18-49 yrs 2,331 8.9 (7.7-10.3)
* Answered yes to this question, “During the past 12 months, have
you had a flu shot (flu spray),” during a face-to-face interview
conducted any day during 2005.
([dagger]) Population sizes by subgroups are listed at
([section]) Confidence interval.
([paragraph]) NIS uses provider-verified vaccination status to
improve the accuracy of the estimate.
** Adults categorized as being at high risk for
influenza-related complications self-reported one or more of the
following: 1) ever being told by a physician they had diabetes,
emphysema, coronary heart disease, angina, heart attack, or other
heart condition; 2) having a diagnosis of cancer during the
previous 12 months (excluding nonmelanoma skin cancer) or ever
being told by a physician they have lymphoma, leukemia, or blood
cancer during the previous 12 months; 3) being told by a physician
they have chronic bronchitis or weak or failing kidneys; or
4) reporting an asthma episode or attack during the preceding
12 months. For children aged <18 years, high-risk conditions
included ever having been told by a physician of having diabetes,
cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, congenital heart disease,
other heart disease, or neuromuscular conditions (seizures,
cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy), or having an asthma
episode or attack during the preceding 12 months.
([dagger][dagger]) Aged 18-44 years, pregnant at the time of
the survey, and without high-risk conditions.
([section][section]) Adults were classified as HCP if they
were currently employed in a health-care occupation or in a
health-care-industry setting, on the basis of recoded broad
groups of standard occupation and industry categories.
([paragraph][paragraph]) Interviewed adult or sample child in
each household containing at least one of the following: a child
aged 65 years, or any person aged 5-17
years at high risk (see previous ** footnote). To obtain information
on household composition and high-risk status of household members,
the sampled adult, child, and person files from NHIS were merged.
Interviewed adults who were HCP or who had high-risk conditions
and sample children with high-risk conditions were excluded.
Information could not be assessed regarding high-risk status of
other adults aged 18-64 years or children aged 2-17 years in
the household; thus, certain persons aged 2-64 years who lived
with a person aged 2-64 years at high risk were not included
in the analysis.
TABLE 6. Recommended daily dosage of influenza antiviral medications
for treatment and chemoprophylaxis–United States Age group (yrs)
Age group (yrs)
Antiviral agent 1-6 7-9 10-12
Treatment, NA 10 mg 10 mg
influenza ([dagger]) (2 (2
A and B inhalations) inhalations)
twice daily twice daily
Chemoprophylaxis, NA 10 mg 10 mg
influenza (2 (2
A and B inhalations) inhalations)
once daily once daily
Treatment, Dose varies by Dose varies by Dose varies
([section]) child’s weight child’s weight by child’s
influenza ([paragraph]) ([paragraph]) weight
A and B ([paragraph])
Chemoprophylaxis, Dose varies by Dose varies by Dose varies
influenza child’s child’s by child’s
A and B weight ** weight ** weight **
Age group (yrs)
Antiviral agent 13-64 65
Treatment, 10 mg 10 mg
influenza (2 (2
A and B inhalations) inhalations)
twice daily twice daily
Chemoprophylaxis, 10 mg 10 mg
influenza (2 (2
A and B inhalations) inhalations)
once daily once daily
Treatment, 75 mg 75 mg
([section]) twice daily twice daily
A and B
Chemoprophylaxis, 75 mg/day 75 mg/day
A and B
NOTE: Zanamivir is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline
(Relenza[R]–inhaled powder). Zanamivir is approved
for treatment of persons aged [greater than or equal
to] 7 years and approved for chemoprophylaxis of persons
aged [greater than or equal to] 5 years. Oseltamivir is
manufactured by Roche Pharmaceuticals (Tamiflu[R]-tablet).
Oseltamivir is approved for treatment or chemoprophylaxis
of persons aged >1 year. No antiviral medications are
approved for treatment or chemoprophylaxis of influenza
among children aged <1 year. This information is based
on data published by the Food and Drug Administration
(available at http://www.fda.gov).
* Zanamivir is administered through oral inhalation by
using a plastic device included in the medication package.
Patients will benefit from instruction and demonstration
of the correct use of the device. Zanamivir is not
recommended for those persons with underlying airway disease.
([dagger]) Not applicable.
([section]) A reduction in the dose of oseltamivir
is recommended for persons with creatinine clearance
([paragraph]) The treatment dosing recommendation for
children weighing <15 kg is 30 mg twice a day; for children
weighing >15-23 kg, the dose is 45 mg twice a day; for
children weighing >23-40 kg, the dose is 60 mg twice a day;
and for children weighing >40 kg, the dose is 75 mg twice
** The chemoprophylaxis dosing recommendation for children
weighing <15 kg is 30 mg once a day; for children weighing
>15-23 kg, the dose is 45 mg once a day; for children
weighing >23-40 kg, the dose is 60 mg once a day; and for
children weighing >40 kg, the dose is 75 mg once a day.
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