Journal Article

Accuracy of Clinical Diagnosis of Influenza in Outpatient Children

Ville Peltola, Tanja Reunanen, Thedi Ziegler, Heli Silvennoinen and Terho Heikkinen

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 41, issue 8, pages 1198-1200
Published in print October 2005 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2005 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/444508
Accuracy of Clinical Diagnosis of Influenza in Outpatient Children

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In a prospective study, children 13 years of age with respiratory infections were examined. At each visit, a nasal swab specimen was obtained for the detection of influenza, and the physician recorded his or her opinion on whether the child had influenza. Among 2288 infections, the overall sensitivity of the clinical diagnosis of influenza was 38% and the positive predictive value was 32%.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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