I'm keeping a stock of a dose of 10 Tamiflu capsules for each of my family.
8 of the 60 respondents (see table 'Preparing for the worst') were stocking up on antibiotics for bacterial pneumonia infection that can arise secondary to flu. Should I consider stocking Tetracycline antibiotic?
The latest Health Protection Agency Report states:
'Bacterial susceptibility to antimicrobial agents is monitored by the HPA for lower respiratory tract isolates of Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae. According to guidelines for clinical management of patients with an influenza-like illness during an influenza pandemic (W S Lim, Thorax 2007;62;1-46) the antibiotics recommended for treating bacterial pneumonia in a primary care setting are co-amoxiclav or a tetracycline (Section 8.1.3 of the guidelines). There have been no significant changes to susceptibility trends for these two antibiotics in recent years and the results of a twelve week analysis (Table 5) show that over 90% of all isolates of the three organisms were susceptible to tetracyclines. '
I'm off to 'Boots the Chemists' to check out Tetracyline...