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Can antiviral drugs help a child who has the flu?

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Antiviral drugs are prescription medications that can treat the flu by preventing the virus from multiplying inside the body. But to work well, your child has to start taking them within 48 hours of when symptoms first appear. Antiviral drugs can make flu symptoms milder and help a child get better faster. Studies also say they make people less likely to get other serious health problems, like pneumonia.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Cold versus Flu,” “Influenza Symptoms,” “Flu Symptoms & Complications,” “Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine,” “Children and Flu Antiviral Drugs,” “Flu Treatment.”

Massachusetts Department of Public Health: “Cold vs. Flu: How to Tell the Difference.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Influenza (flu) in children.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dehydration.”

Nationwide Children’s Hospital: “Influenza.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Influenza-Seasonal.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 12, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Cold versus Flu,” “Influenza Symptoms,” “Flu Symptoms & Complications,” “Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine,” “Children and Flu Antiviral Drugs,” “Flu Treatment.”

Massachusetts Department of Public Health: “Cold vs. Flu: How to Tell the Difference.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Influenza (flu) in children.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dehydration.”

Nationwide Children’s Hospital: “Influenza.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Influenza-Seasonal.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 12, 2018

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