The implication of the study is how foolish we are in prescribing antibiotics with viral infections. Can antibiotics be indicated when a known viral infection may result in secondary bacterial illness such as sinus infections or pneumonia? With an ill patient how smart are we in waiting or in pulling the trigger?
Antibiotics Frequently Used in Flu — Physician’s First Watch
Antibiotics Frequently Used in Flu
By Kelly Young
Patients with laboratory-confirmed influenza in 2012-2013 commonly received antibiotic treatment, according to a study in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Roughly 6800 patients aged 6 months and older presenting with acute respiratory infection at five U.S. clinics were tested for influenza with real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Of patients most likely to benefit from antivirals (e.g., presenting within 2 days of symptom onset and having PCR-confirmed influenza), 28% received an antiviral and 24% received an antibiotic.