Letters A/H1N1 flu

… as does policy on antibiotics

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2738 (Published 08 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2738
  1. Gavin Barlow, consultant physician in infectious diseases1,
  2. Peter Moss, consultant physician in infectious diseases1
  1. 1Department of Infection and Tropical Medicine, Castle Hill Hospital, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Cottingham, East Yorkshire HU16 5JT
  1. Gavin.Barlow{at}hey.nhs.uk

    The Department of Health recently published a pathway for the hospital management of adults with swine flu.1 2 We have serious reservations about the antibiotic recommendations.

    The pathway recommends that all patients attending hospitals with “flu-like illness” receive an antibiotic regardless of the severity of illness or whether secondary bacterial infection is likely. It also states that …

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