Antiviral drugs may reduce the symptoms and duration of illness, just as they do for seasonal influenza. They also may contribute to preventing severe disease and death.
So far however most people with Influenza A(H1N1) have recovered without antiviral treatment, relying on good health care practices.
a) Who receives antivirals?
i. People who are in the priority group for treatment.
ii. People who are not in the priority group but have had persistent, high fever for more than two days.
It works best if taken within two days after symptoms appear, but it is not necessary for healthy people as the disease is usually mild and self-limiting.
b) Where can I receive treatment?
c) Can I use antivirals without medical prescription?
Misusing antivirals without proper medical supervision can create complications.
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