Urgent care centers wrote the most inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions for viral respiratory illnesses. They were followed by the ED, medical offices, and finally by retail health clinics.
Influenza killed 675 children from the 2010-11 flu season to the 2015-16 season. Infants under 6 months had the highest incidence of mortality. Encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Antiviral treatment is encouraged in all children under 2, all patients with severe illness, and all hospitalized patients regardless of whether or not the duration of illness exceeds 48 hours.
Positive responses to "red flag" screening questions for back pain warranted further investigation, though the positive predictive value was poor. Negative responses to screening "red flag" questions were useless as a screening tool for ruling out serious disease, such as fracture, infection, malignancy, or cauda equina.