Should I take An Antiviral Medication For the Flu?


Clinical trials and observational data show that early antiviral treatment can shorten the duration of fever and illness symptoms, and may reduce the risk of complications from influenza (e.g., otitis media in young children, pneumonia, and respiratory failure).

Early treatment of hospitalized patients can reduce death.

In hospitalized children, early antiviral treatment has been shown to shorten the duration of hospitalization.

Clinical benefit is greatest when antiviral treatment is administered early, especially within 48 hours of influenza illness onset.

Antiviral treatment is recommended as early as possible for any patient with confirmed or suspected influenza who: Is hospitalized; has severe, complicated, or progressive illness; or is at higher risk for influenza complications.

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