The American Nurses Association (ANA) is pleased to provide the following information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
The CDC released a health alert
on December 18 that contained interim recommendations for treating H5N1 strains of influenza due to the high level of resistance H5N1 is demonstrating to oseltamivir (Tamiflu (R)).
H5N1 is the strain of influenza expected to be the most widely circulating strain of influenza for the current 2008-09 flu season. Providers who have confirmed cases of H5N1 are urged to use a combination of antivirals in treatment, as opposed to using oseltamivir alone.
Nurses and nurse practitioners need to be aware of this, as even though so far this year's flu season has been slower than the 2007-08 season, cases typically increase sharply January.
To read the full alert, go to the CDC Web site...