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British researchers reported on Friday that the flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza might not be worthwhile to treat seasonal influenza in healthy adults.
The World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, has issued guidelines for the use of anti-virals to combat swine flu, officials said.
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A meta-analysis found anti-virals such as Tamiflu and Relenza may not help children with novel H1N1 flu, or swine flu, a researcher in Britain said.
British researchers said on Monday that children should not be routinely treated with flu drugs like Tamiflu because there is no evidence they prevent complications and the medicines might do more harm than good.
Countries around the world are stockpiling two common anti-influenza drugs -- Relenza and Tamiflu -- for possible use in the current H1N1 flu pandemic, as well as for future influenza pandemics.
The California isolate of the pandemic H1N1 virus is more virulent than the Mexico isolate and both are more virulent than seasonal flu, U.S. researchers say.
Slightly more than half of the children involved in a flu study suffered side effects from taking the drug Tamiflu, researchers in Britain said. Fifty-one percent of the 351 children given Tamiflu at three elementary schools in London and one in south west England experienced nausea, nightmares and insomnia, The Guardian reported Friday. The children were given Tamiflu, an antiviral nasal drug, in April and May after classmates became infected with the H1N1 swine flu virus, Britain's Health...
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