At nine US hospitals that enrolled children hospitalized with acute respiratory illness (ARI) during 2015-2016 through 2017-2018 influenza seasons, 50% of children with ARI received clinician-initiated testing for influenza and 35% of cases went undiagnosed due to lack of clinician-initiated testing. Marked heterogeneity in testing practice was observed across sites.
J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc
Child; Child, Hospitalized; Hospitals; Humans; Infant; Influenza, Human; Respiratory Tract Infections; Seasons; United States
RT-PCR; antigen test; hospitalized; influenza; testing
Tenforde MW, Campbell AP, Michaels MG, et al. Clinical Influenza Testing Practices in Hospitalized Children at United States Medical Centers, 2015-2018. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2022;11(1):5-8. doi:10.1093/jpids/piab096