Category: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Keywords: Influenza, Pneumonia, MRSA, Antibiotics (PubMed Search)
Influenza is a common cause of community-acquired pneumonia and invasive bacterial coinfection may occur. In addition, secondary bacterial pneumonia due to MRSA is becoming more prevalent. Due to the higher incidence of MRSA, it is recommended that antibiotics with activity against MRSA (vancomycin or linezolid) be included in the empiric treatment regimen, especially if the patient is critically ill.
Take Home Point: Don’t forget to add MRSA coverage to your empiric treatment regimen in those influenza patients with severe disease or secondary bacterial pneumonia.
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