Infectious Disease . Debbie King FNP Nursing 8800. Influenza . Epidemics occur yearly in the US Typically 5000-250,000 cases yearly With severe outbreaks up to 40,000 deaths have occurred. More elderly die Occurs in winter and spring. Influenza. Patho
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presumptive diagnosis requires appropriate symptoms at the right time of the year
may confirm with virology - a nasal swab culture
rest, older people may need hospitalization, antipyretics, and analgesics, careful use of cough suppressants
with type A may use antivirals such as Tamiflu 75mg bid x 5 days if started early in the illness