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Health Tip: Antiviral Can Help Manage Flu

(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.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 1/28/2014
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