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Flu drugs 'unhelpful' in children

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posted on Aug, 10 2009 @ 05:01 PM

Research has cast doubt on the policy of giving antiviral drugs to children for swine flu.

Work in the British Medical Journal shows Tamiflu and Relenza rarely prevent complications in children with seasonal flu, yet carry side effects.

Although they did not test this in the current swine flu pandemic, the authors say these drugs are unlikely to help children who catch the H1N1 virus.

The government has stuck by its policy of offering them to anyone infected.

Although this report is limited for seasonal variant of influenza, and only a limited number of cases observed, this indicates Govt. policy of being more harmful than beneficial.

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