The pandemic H1N1 flu (originally called swine flu ) is a respiratory infection. It has spread to humans and has reached the level of a pandemic. A pandemic is a worldwide outbreak. Here is more information on the pandemic H1N1 flu:
Pandemic H1N1 Flu Vaccine
Treating Pandemic H1N1 Flu: Antiviral Medicines
Drugs that fight the flu
Experts are preparing for the effects of the pandemic H1N1 flu. Fortunately, in the United States, the pandemic H1N1 virus has caused symptoms no worse than the typical seasonal flu . Nevertheless, as the weather turns cold and the virus increases its activity, your doctor may recommend antiviral medicines.
Antiviral medicines may be helpful in treating the pandemic H1N1 flu. But unless you are in a high-risk group or have a severe illness, you may not need them. Check with your doctor. Antiviral medicines used to treat the pandemic H1N1 flu include:
- Oseltamivir (Tamiflu)
- Zanamivir (Relenza)
Prevention Is the Best Medicine
Whether it is the pandemic H1N1 flu or the seasonal flu, here are ways you can reduce your risk of getting sick this season.
One of the best, not to mention easiest, ways to avoid the flu is to wash your hands.