Influenza (flu) is a viral infection that can be serious and even fatal. It can be prevented with immunization and treated with antivirals. IDSA focuses on both seasonal and pandemic flu.
IDSA continues to recommend the use of neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral drugs in the treatment of influenza.
IDSA supports universal immunization of health care workers (HCWs) against seasonal and 2009 H1N1 influenza by health care institutions (inpatient and outpatient) through mandatory vaccination programs as these programs are likely to be the most effective means to protect patients against the transmission of seasonal and H1N1 influenza by HCWs.
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