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What medications can prevent influenza A and B?

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The medications oseltamivir (Tamiflu), peramivir (Rapivab), or zanamivir (Relenza), can prevent both influenza A and B. These antiviral medications can also help treat swine flu symptoms and shorten the number of days you are sick.

From: Influenza Vaccine: The Basics WebMD Medical Reference

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CDC. 

Immunization Action Coalition. 

American Academy of Family Physicians.

CDC: "Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine in Children 2 through 8 Years Old." 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 9, 2018

SOURCES: 

CDC. 

Immunization Action Coalition. 

American Academy of Family Physicians.

CDC: "Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine in Children 2 through 8 Years Old." 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 9, 2018

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