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CDC claims anti-viral medication help with flu

Updated: Monday, November 25, 2013 |
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new study out Monday morning shows anti-viral medications can help save lives, especially children stricken with the flu.

The CDC reports using medications like Tamiflu or Relenza can save the lives of children in intensive care units, yet the drugs are being used less frequently than they once were.

Researchers studied nearly 800 California children who had H1-N1 during the 2009 global flu pandemic.

It found six percent of the patients treated with the meds died, compared to eight percent of the untreated patients.

Since then the CDC has recommended prompt treatment with antivirals for all hospitalized patients with suspected or confirmed influenza.    

The authors found that just 63 percent received them in the two-year period after the pandemic.

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