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(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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