Studies: Rapid tests are poor in diagnosing pediatric H1N1 flu

02/15/2010 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Two separate studies have found that rapid influenza tests have low sensitivity, 45% and 62% respectively, for identifying pandemic H1N1 flu in pediatric patients. The first study recommends that for high-risk children, empiric administration of antiviral treatments should be considered even if they presented with a negative rapid test result. The advice matches CDC guidelines.

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