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Tamiflu vs. Flu Prevention: The Surprising Winner

Tamiflu is an oral medication used to treat viruses that cause the flu. Some studies show Tamiflu may reduce flu symptoms by one day if taken within 48 hours of contracting the virus. Tamiflu may even limit the duration of flu symptoms, but it does not “cure” the flu - there is currently no medicine available that "cures" the flu.

Although Tamiflu may alleviate flu symptoms in some, overprescribing risks the overall efficacy of the medicine when it is needed most, particularly, for high-risk individuals such as babies and young children (under 2 years old), seniors, and people with compromised immune systems and chronic health conditions. In short, the flu could become resistant to Tamiflu.

Most healthy individuals will recover from the flu with rest, fluids, and supportive measures to treat symptoms, including Echinacea, vitamin C, and zinc tablets. For healthy individuals, Tamiflu will do little to change their symptoms.

The best protection against the virus is the flu shot. Getting a flu shot not only prevents you from getting the flu, it will also reduce the severity of the flu in the rare chance you do get sick. Other preventative measures include:

  • Washing your hands often
  • Covering your nose when you cough or sneeze with your elbow (or something other than your hands)
  • Avoiding people who appear sick
  • Staying home if sick

Schedule your flu shot today.

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