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The antiviral drugs being used to treat swine flu do not appear to work well in children, say UK researchers.
Their work in the British Medical Journal shows Tamiflu and Relenza rarely prevent complications in children who have normal seasonal flu.
Although it is hard to generalise this to the current swine flu pandemic, they say these drugs are unlikely to help children who catch the H1N1 virus.
Side effects and the risk of resistance developing may negate their use.
They told the BMJ: "While morbidity and mortality in the current pandemic remain low, a more conservative strategy might be considered prudent, given the limited data, side effects such as vomiting, and the potential for developing resistant strains of influenza."