Chapter 14. Prevention and Treatment of Influenza

  1. Brian H. Rowe MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCCP Professor Research Director
  1. Stephen R. Pitts Associate Professor

Published Online: 27 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch14

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Pitts, S. R. (2008) Prevention and Treatment of Influenza, in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine (ed B. H. Rowe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch14

Editor Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Author Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Emory Crawford Long Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161435

Online ISBN: 9781444303674



  • prevention and treatment of influenza;
  • controlled-vocabulary hierarchy using OVID's thesaurus;
  • point-of-care tests for influenza;
  • OVID: (explode influenza A virus OR influenza, human) AND explode antiviral agents AND review filter;
  • number needed to treat (NNT);
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP);
  • seasonal population-based vaccination against influenza - life-saving and cost-effective


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Case scenario

  • Background

  • Clinical questions

  • General search strategy

  • Critical review of the literature

  • Conclusions

  • References