GPs urged to assess under-ones for swine flu

The RCGP has reiterated the need for GPs to assess all children under the age of one with flu-like symptoms, adding that some older children may also require face-to-face assessment.

Young children are considered to be at particular risk of influenza and the complications of the virus.

However, a small number of cases have been highlighted where existing guidance on the treatment of children has not been applied and where babies under one have had antivirals authorised without having been seen by a GP.

A draft letter has been produced by the RCGP, the GPC, the BMA,  the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to highlight the importance of face-to-face assessments for children under one.

The letter states that repeated calls from concerned families or carers may be an indication that a child should be seen face-to-face as quickly as the situation allows.

The letter adds that where parents or carers contact GPs with specific concerns about children of any age, they should assess these children as they would normally, where clinical capacity allows.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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