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Flu got you down? Did you miss out on the flu shot? Want to feel better?

Although the flu shot (influenza vaccine) is the preferred method for prevention of the flu, not everyone receives this vaccine including infants less than 6 months. Another method of treating the flu (other than chicken soup, Tylenol, and plenty of fluids) is taking the antiviral medication called Tamiflu.  Although Tamiflu was approved for use in 1999, last month was the first time it was approved for use in infants 2 weeks of age and older.

Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) is a prescription anti-viral medication approved for the treatment of acute, uncomplicated influenza A & B virus infection in patients 2 weeks of age and older who have been symptomatic for no more than 2 days.  It is also approved for the prevention of the flu in patients 1 year and older.  Tamiflu may help keep flu symptoms from getting worse because it attacks the flu virus itself— not just the symptoms.  In this way, it can help limit the flu’s ability to spread in the body and shorten symptoms by 1 ½ days.  For more information on Tamiflu go to http://www.tamiflu.com/

Just as an FYI, the main symptoms of the flu include: sudden onset fever over 100oF, chills, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.  Other symptoms include headache, sore throat, chest discomfort and cough.  Children are more likely to have runny or stuffy nose and stomach symptoms (nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea).

Not sure if you have a cold or the flu?  At Family Allergy & Asthma Care of Montana, we can test you for Influenza A and B with a quick simple nasal swab.   If you are positive for influenza, “Let us take care of you!”

 

This educational information does not take the place of your physician’s advice.

 

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