Antivirals for Flu Prevention
Antivirals are prescription medications that actively attack the flu virus and stop it from spreading to the rest of your body.
Not only can antivirals help treat the flu once you have it, they can also help prevent you from getting the flu if you are exposed to the virus. For example, if a family member is diagnosed with the flu, taking an antiviral can help stop you from becoming infected.
Antivirals can be used to:
- Prevent widespread influenza outbreaks in shared living facilities, such as nursing homes and college dormitories.
- Protect individuals who are unable to receive flu vaccinations.
- Protect you when a flu epidemic is caused by virus strains other than those covered by the vaccine.
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