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Title: Use of oseltamivir in Dutch nursing homes during the 2004-2005 influenza season.
Authors: Sande, Marianne A B van der
Ruijs, Wilhelmina L M
Meijer, Adam
Cools, Herman J M
Plas, Simone M van der
Citation: Vaccine 2006, 24(44-46):6664-9
Issue Date: 10-Nov-2006
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10029/6691
DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2006.05.049
PubMed ID: 16797806
Abstract: To assess the implementation of guidelines for using neuraminidase inhibitors in the control of influenza outbreaks in Dutch nursing homes, data were collected on prophylactic and therapeutic use of anti-viral medication, indications for use and criteria for prescribing, based on experiences during the influenza season 2004-2005 in a retrospective cross-sectional survey among Dutch nursing homes after the 2004-2005 season. Ninety/194 (49%) participating nursing homes reported an outbreak of influenza-like illness; in 57/194 (29%) influenza was laboratory confirmed. In 37/57 homes (65%) oseltamivir had been used as prophylaxis. Prophylactic use was extended to all residents and staff in 6/37 (16%) of homes, but limited in the others. In 9/37 (24%) no staff were issued prophylaxis. Among clinicians with laboratory confirmed influenza, 41/46 (89%) had used oseltamivir therapeutically. Main reasons for not prescribing oseltamivir for prophylaxis and/or therapy were lack of scientific evidence, high costs, and absent or delayed laboratory confirmation. Logistical bottlenecks in diagnosis, cost-effectiveness concerns, and lack of an evidence-base hamper full integration in policy and should be addressed.
Type: Article
Language: en
ISSN: 0264-410X
Appears in Collections:  Vaccines and Vaccination

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