Michael B. Rothberg, MD, MPH; Sandra Bellantonio, MD; David N. Rose, MD
Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.
Requests for Single Reprints: Michael Rothberg, MD, MPH, Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics, Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199; e-mail, Michael.Rothberg@bhs.org.
Current Author Addresses: Drs. Rothberg, Bellantonio, and Rose: Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics, Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199.
Author Contributions: Conception and design: M.B. Rothberg, D.N. Rose.
Analysis and interpretation of the data: M.B. Rothberg, D.N. Rose.
Drafting of the article: M.B. Rothberg, S. Bellantonio, D.N. Rose.
Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: M.B. Rothberg, S. Bellantonio, D.N. Rose.
Final approval of the article: M.B. Rothberg, S. Bellantonio, D.N. Rose.
Statistical expertise: M.B. Rothberg, D.N. Rose.
Administrative, technical, or logistic support: D.N. Rose.
Collection and assembly of data: M.B. Rothberg.
Rothberg MB, Bellantonio S, Rose DN. Management of Influenza in Adults Older than 65 Years of Age: Cost-Effectiveness of Rapid Testing and Antiviral Therapy. Ann Intern Med. 2003;139:321-329. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-139-5_Part_1-200309020-00007
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2003;139(5_Part_1):321-329.
Influenza virus infection occurs in yearly epidemics, causing an estimated 20 000 deaths and more than 100 000 hospitalizations annually in the United States; a disproportionate number of deaths and hospitalizations occur among older adults (1-2). Because annual influenza vaccination is both effective and inexpensive, it has been recommended for all persons older than 50 years of age (1). Antiviral drugs for influenza infection have been available for more than 35 years (3), but their use in older adults has been primarily reserved for prophylaxis in nonvaccinated persons during influenza outbreaks.
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