An addition or alternative to RIDTs that may offer advantages, particularly for patients with additional risk factors such as a compromised immune system, is a multiplex PCR (polymerase chain reaction) panel.
There are some types of infections, such as bacterial, that antibiotics can treat, but many, like the flu, which is typically viral, cannot be treated with antibiotics. Read through our infographic to learn about when antibiotics may be appropriate treatment, and when they aren’t.
If geography truly is destiny, this saying was never more true than during the influenza pandemic of 1918. Where you lived often determined if you survived, with high fatality rates in large cities, overcrowded military bases, and the congested refugee camps that housed the displaced during World War 1.