Some flu meds have little benefit for kids

August 10, 2009 1:56:43 PM PDT
Some flu medications may be of little use for children. A new study finds children should not be routinely given flu drug, such as Tamiflu, since there is no clear evidence they prevent complications and potentially harmful side effects. They add the benefits may outweigh the risks.

The report in the British Medical Journal found, that while antivirals shortened the duration of flu in children by around a day, they didn't reduce asthma flare ups or the likelihood of children needing antibiotics.

Tamiflu was also linked to an increased risk of vomiting, which can be serious in children.


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