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More than half of children taking Tamiflu suffer side-effects such as nausea, insomnia and nightmares, researchers have said.
A total of 248 pupils took part in the study and were given Tamiflu prophylactically. Compliance with prophylaxis was high, with 77% of children taking the full course, the researchers said.
But they added: "Fifty-one per cent experienced symptoms such as feeling sick (31.2%), headaches (24.3%) and stomach ache (21.1%).
Government chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson said Tamiflu should still be given to children if they have established symptoms and there are no existing medical reasons not to prescribe the drug.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "All drugs do have side-effects. It is always a case of deciding the balance between benefiting a patient from a treatment and the side-effects. "Most of the side-effects are relatively minor - a degree of nausea,g a bit of a tummy upset, the sort of thing you get quite often with antibiotics."
Originally posted by TheAgentNineteen
So take your pick, would you prefer temporary and reversible symptoms, or lung damage and possibly death? Taking medications is ALWAYS about weighing the risks, and if someone has a related pre-existing condition which leaves them extremely susceptible to dying from the Influenza, and they have not yet been Inoculated, then taking an antiviral is often their only hope. I have witnessed lives saved by antivirals, and I am glad that such an option for fighting Viruses does in fact exist.
Originally posted by woodwardjnr
I will definately take the anti virals if i get swine flu. at the moment, Im just making sure i wash my hands all the time after contact. Eating more vitamin c. I think if you do these things there be no need for a vaccine
Originally posted by MightyAl
reply to post by TheAgentNineteen
That's a good point. That's why I'm asking about the importance of taking medicine despite possible side effects. Which is worse, as Donaldson asked...the actual disease or the vaccine side effects?
Still, I think more than 50% is a little much for having side effects.
My wife and I refuse to take the swine flu vaccine and are glad that Taiwan is not a member of the WHO at this point.