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Are antiviral drugs used to treat flu in children?

If your child is at high risk of serious complications from the flu, your health care provider may prescribe an antiviral drug. 

In some cases, antiviral drugs can also be used to prevent infection from flu. These drugs block the replication of the flu virus, preventing its spread. In healthy children, antivirals such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) may shorten the duration of flu and reduce the severity of flu symptoms.

For in-depth information about using antiviral drugs to treat flu in children, see WebMD's Flu Treatment: Antiviral Medications for Children.

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Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on November 19, 2013
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