Antiviral medications are not a replacement for a flu shot, which may help prevent catching the flu.
The best time to talk to your health care provider about antiviral flu treatments is before you get sick. If you develop flu symptoms and believe you would benefit from antiviral medications, of if you are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu, talk to your doctor as soon as possible after your symptoms begin.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications. Web. December 11, 2012.
Web MD. Flu Treatment With Antiviral Drugs. Web. December 11, 2012.
Reviewed December 12, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith