AccessMedicine's Case of the Week: Influenza 2020-2021

From: Vanderbilt Internal Medicine and Pediatric Curriculum

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A 28-year-old patient with asthma comes to you in January with two days of fever (max temperature 102°F), chills, and body aches. He is unsure if he has been exposed to influenza.


  1. How good is the rapid antigen test for influenza?
  2. What are your treatment options? 

He asks you what his elderly grandmother with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on oxygen should do, as he visited her yesterday. She has not been vaccinated.


  1. What are the prophylaxis options?




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Julie Grishaw, ACNP

Senior Editor, McGraw-Hill Education