Early flu treatments decrease elderly’s disability risk, hospitalization time
This study is the first of its kind to evaluate the benefits from early antiviral treatment with the need for extended care in flu-hospitalized, community-dwelling people who are 65 years and above.
The CDC recommend that people 65 years old and above receive flu treatments using influenza antiviral medications. Because these patients have an increased chance of serious flu complications, beginning these treatments as early as possible promises the best results.
“Flu can be extremely serious in older people, leading to hospitalization and in some cases long-term disability,” CDC Influenza Division Director Dan Jernigan , said. “This important study shows that people 65 and older should seek medical care early when they develop flu symptoms.”
Community-dwelling patients who are 65 years and above, who were hospitalized with medical care within the first two days of contracting the flu, and who received antiviral medications within the first four days of being sick, had noticeably shorter hospital stays compared to people who did not.
Further details are available in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal.