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Laboratory-based assessment of influenza in German ambulant patients from 1998 to 2008.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Infection
1439-0973
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Volume
37
Issue
5
Pages
401–406
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s15010-009-8434-7
PMID: 19669087
Source
Medline

Abstract

While PCR is the most sensitive assay for the diagnosis of influenza, the RCA can still be used for diagnosis and surveillance of this disease. Based on our findings and given the known fact that influenza antibodies reach a plateau 2-4 weeks after immunization, the optimal time for vaccination in Germany is from October through November. Kindergarten and school-aged children represent an important reservoir of infection. Consequently, routine immunization should be considered for this age group to prevent the spread of influenza.

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