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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommend all children hospitalized due to influenza infection receive antiviral treatment. Despite this, a recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics revealed antiviral utilization in this pediatric patient...
The influenza virus is a single-stranded RNA virus that is encapsulated in an outer lipid-bilayer envelope which contains the externally facing surface proteins hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA). HA and NA are the viral antigenic components that induce immunity after administration of currently available flu vaccines.
Zika virus is recognized as a major public health concern, but there are currently no medications approved for treating infected individuals. However, researchers in Finland recently demonstrated that three anti-influenza medications are also active against Zika. These medications exert their effect by...