Feasibility of diagnosing influenza within 24 hours of symptom onset in children 1–3 years of age

@article{Heinonen2010FeasibilityOD,
  title={Feasibility of diagnosing influenza within 24 hours of symptom onset in children 1–3 years of age},
  author={Santtu Heinonen and Heli M. Silvennoinen and Pasi Lehtinen and Raija Vainionp{\"a}{\"a} and Terho Heikkinen},
  journal={European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases},
  year={2010},
  volume={30},
  pages={387-392}
}
Diagnosing influenza at an early stage of illness is important for the initiation of effective antiviral treatment. However, especially in young children, influenza often commences with an abrupt onset of fever, with full-blown respiratory symptoms developing only later. We determined the feasibility of diagnosing influenza in young children already during the first signs of the illness. During confirmed influenza activity, we obtained nasal swabs from children aged 1–3 years who presented as… CONTINUE READING