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Health Tip: Antiviral Can Help Manage Flu

Health Tip: Antiviral Can Help Manage Flu

01/28/14

(HealthDay News) -- If you have the flu, an antiviral medication can help minimize the duration and severity of the illness.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers this additional information:

  • Taking an antiviral can help reduce the duration of flu and other viral illnesses by about one or two days.
  • Taking antiviral medication soon after showing flu symptoms is important for people who are chronically ill or hospitalized.
  • Antiviral medication can help reduce the risk of developing serious complications of the flu, such as pneumonia.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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