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Healthy people with swine flu do not need Tamiflu, says WHO

Posted By admin On August 22, 2009 @ 3:51 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Owen Bowcott
London Guardian [1]
Saturday, August 22, 2009

Healthy people who catch swine flu need not be given Tamiflu, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced. The advice appears to contradict the UK’s policy of making the antiviral drug readily available to those who call the national pandemic helpline or approach their GPs.

Hundreds of thousands of doses have been given to British patients although the majority have not been severely ill. Fears have been voiced that mass use of Tamiflu will make the virus resistant to it.

The latest advice from the WHO said: “Worldwide, most patients infected with the pandemic virus continue to experience typical influenza symptoms and fully recover within a week, even without any form of medical treatment. Healthy patients with uncomplicated illness need not be treated with antivirals.”

Previously the WHO had said antivirals should be given to patients with “serious progressive illness”. The new guidance is the first time it has specifically advised against otherwise healthy individuals being given the drug.

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[3] Government ‘ignored warning Tamiflu may become resistant to swine flu’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/government-ignored-warning-tamiflu-may-become-resistant-to-swine-flu.html

[4] Tamiflu might not work against swine flu, Government’s own scientists warn: http://www.prisonplanet.com/tamiflu-might-not-work-against-swine-flu-governments-own-scientists-warn.html

[5] Hong Kong finds 1st case of Tamiflu-resistant H1N1: http://www.prisonplanet.com/hong-kong-finds-1st-case-of-tamiflu-resistant-h1n1.html

[6] Is a potential drug-resistant swine flu pandemic on the horizon, or are health officials’ warnings just scare tactics?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/is-a-potential-drug-resistant-swine-flu-pandemic-on-the-horizon-or-are-health-officials-warnings-just-scare-tactics.html

[7] No Tamiflu for children, doctors told: http://www.prisonplanet.com/no-tamiflu-for-children-doctors-told.html

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