NYC Influenza Information
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Guidance for Specific Populations or Settings

These documents offer recommendations on the management of specific populations including children, pregnant women, and persons with HIV/AIDS, as well as for cases or clusters in specific settings such as congregate facilities and institutes of higher education.

Pregnant and Post-partum Women

Pregnant and post-partum women are at higher risk for severe illness and death from seasonal influenza. The Health Department strongly recommends that pregnant women receive seasonal influenza vaccine and be treated with antiviral medications as early as possible if they develop influenza-like illness (ILI).

Infants, Children, and Adolescents

Children under the age of 2 years are at higher risk for severe illness and complications from influenza and should be treated with antiviral medications as early as possible if they have suspected or confirmed influenza. Children who have underlying medical conditions should also be treated empirically and promptly with antivirals if they develop ILI. All children older than 6 months of age should receive seasonal influenza vaccine. Caution should be used when prescribing pediatric oseltamivir suspension for children due to the risk of dosing errors. If shortages of oseltamivir suspension occur, the drug can be compounded.

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