Infectious Diseases

Talking with patients and families about the flu

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the always delightful Dr. Patricia Chambers to talk about influenza. In our conversation we reviewed how to discuss testing or not for the flu, as well as why antivirals are not always indicated. I firmly believe that perhaps the most important thing that we do in the Pediatric Emergency Department is communicating with patients and their families. Ultimately, they must understand why we do what we do (or don’t do). Patricia is an expert in this realm and I hope that you will learn as much as I did by listening to this episode of PEM Currents: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Podcast.

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Grohskopf et al. et al. Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2019–20 Influenza Season. CDC recommendations and Reports. August 23, 2019. Accessed December 18, 2019.