Does Tamiflu Work and How Effective is it? Treating Swine Flu and Stopping it Spread
Does Tamiflu Work?
Does Tamiflu Work to Treat Swine Flu and Halting the Spread of H1N1?
As the WHO (World Health Organisation) has declared that Swine Flu (H1N1) has reached Pandemic it is becoming increasingly likely that you will suffer the illness or will come into contact with the disease and therefore be prescribed Tamiflu. This article reports on the effectiveness of the drug.
The Effectiveness of Reducing the Spread of Swine Flu Among Humans
So far, Tamiflu appears to be performing well to reduce the spread of Swine Flu among humans. People who have been prescribed Tamiflu as a preventative precaution have come into contact with one or more person who has been confirmed to be suffering from the H1N1 strain of influenza. As yet none have been reported to have developed Swine Flu.
The Effectiveness of Tamiflu in Reducing the Symptoms of Swine Flu
In addition to prescribing Tamiflu as a precautionary measure (as above) Tamiflu is given to treat patients who are conformed to have the disease. In these case Tamiflu is also shown to reduce the longevity if the illness in confirmed sufferers by 1-2 days. However, this is only the case if treatment with the drug is commenced within 48 hours of the first symptoms showing and a correct diagnosis is made.
PLEASE NOTE: Although this article has been researched and written after the WHO declared that Swine Flu had reached pandemic proportions, relatively few people have been prescribed the drug. Also, it is widely held that the second wave of the flu, predicted to mutate and spread by October 2009, will be more virile. At this point Tamiflu may need to be improved or replaced with a more advanced drug treatment.
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