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What do doctors prescribe for children who have the flu?

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Your doctor may suggest antiviral drugs to help your child feel better quicker. Doctors typically prescribe oseltamivir (Tamiflu), which comes in liquid and capsule forms, to children younger than 1. They tend to prescribe zanamivir (Relenza), an inhaler, to children 7 and older who don’t have chronic conditions like asthma.

Antiviral drugs work best if you give them to your child within the 48 hours after symptoms appear.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Colds and the Flu”

Flu.gov: “Children & Infants.”

H. Dele Davies, MD, pediatric and infectious diseases consultant, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Healthychildren.org: “The Flu: Seasonal Influenza 2014-2015.”

John Hopkins Medicine: “Influenza (Flu) in Children.”

KidsHealth.org: “Influenza (Flu),” “Is it a Cold or the Flu?”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 9, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Colds and the Flu”

Flu.gov: “Children & Infants.”

H. Dele Davies, MD, pediatric and infectious diseases consultant, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Healthychildren.org: “The Flu: Seasonal Influenza 2014-2015.”

John Hopkins Medicine: “Influenza (Flu) in Children.”

KidsHealth.org: “Influenza (Flu),” “Is it a Cold or the Flu?”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 9, 2018

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