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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 17, Issue 5, Pages 273-284
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2006/165940
Joint CPS/AMMI Canada Position Paper

The Use of Antiviral Drugs for Influenza: Recommended Guidelines for Practitioners

Upton D Allen,1 Fred Y Aoki,2 H Grant Stiver,3 and for the Canadian Paediatric Society and the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada

1University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
3University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Received 26 June 2006; Accepted 26 June 2006

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Abstract

The present document outlines current guidelines and supporting literature relating to the use of antiviral drugs for chemoprophylaxis and influenza illness therapy in paediatric and adult settings. The focus is on the management of influenza in interpandemic periods. Where appropriate, the areas in need of additional research are identified. It will be necessary to update aspects of these guidelines as new information emerges. The recommendations that follow represent the results of a joint effort supported by the Canadian Paediatric Society and the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada.