Heavy alcohol use as a risk factor for severe outcomes among adults hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza, 2005-2012

A. Greenbaum, S. S. Chaves, A. Perez, D. Aragon, A. Bandyopadhyay, N. Bennett, B. Fowler, E. Hancock, R. Lynfield, C. McDonald-Hamm, A. Reingold, P. Ryan, W. Schaffner, R. Sharangpani, M. Spencer, A. Thomas, K. Yousey-Hindes, S. Zansky, L. Finelli

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Abstract

We examined heavy alcohol use as a risk factor for severe influenza (intensive care admission or death) among hospitalized adults. In <65- and ≥65-year-olds, heavy alcohol use increased disease severity [relative risk (RR) 1.34; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.04-1.74, and RR 2.47; 95% CI: 1.69-3.60, respectively]. Influenza vaccination and early, empiric antiviral treatment should be emphasized in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-170
Number of pages6
JournalInfection
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Influenza
  • Vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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