• The Flu Can Come on Fast. Be Prepared.

There’s No Such Thing as a Little Flu

The flu can be serious for children younger than 5 years of age, and especially those younger than 2 years of age.1

Antiviral Tamiflu in liquid form is FDA-approved to treat flu in people 2 weeks of age and older.

Antibiotic vs. Antiviral

An antibiotic is different from an antiviral. Antibiotics fight bacteria; antivirals fight viruses. The flu is a virus, and Tamiflu is an antiviral medicine. It is used to treat the flu (influenza) in people 2 weeks of age and older who have had flu symptoms for no more than 2 days. Tamiflu can also reduce the chance of getting the flu in people 1 year of age and older.

In a study of children 1-12 years old, Tamiflu helped children get better up to 1.5 days (26%) faster compared with children who didn’t take Tamiflu within 48 hours of first symptoms. See How Tamiflu Works

Preventive Actions to Fight the Flu

To help prevent the spread of the flu virus, remind your child to wash his or her hands frequently and cough or sneeze into tissues. Wipe surfaces—such as bathroom and kitchen counters, and objects, like your child’s toys—with a household disinfectant.

Taking antiviral Tamiflu may also help prevent the flu in young children. In a study of children 1-12 years old who were exposed to the flu, taking Tamiflu reduced their chance of getting the flu. Learn How to Give Tamiflu to Children

Greater than 100°F

A fever greater than 100°F is a common symptom of the flu.2 If your child has flu symptoms such as a fever, call your doctor right away and ask if Tamiflu may help your child get better sooner. Check Your Child’s Flu Symptoms

References

  1. Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/children.htm. Accessed November 4, 2015.
  2. Flu Symptoms. Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/flu/basics/symptoms/con-20035101. Accessed November 4, 2015.

Get the Facts

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Fact or Fiction

Tamiflu can reduce the time you’re sick with the flu.

FACT

Taking Tamiflu within 48 hours of flu symptoms can help you feel better sooner.

Fact or Fiction

Antibiotics can be used to
help fight
the flu virus.

FICTION

Antibiotics only work to help fight infections caused by bacteria. The flu is caused by a virus. Tamiflu is not an antibiotic; it’s an antiviral that fights the flu virus.

Fact or Fiction

Over-the-counter medicines can be used to help fight the flu virus.

FICTION

An over-the-counter medicine may help manage flu symptoms, but unlike an antiviral, it will not help keep the flu from spreading in your body or prevent you from getting the flu.

Fact or Fiction

You can pass the flu to others before you know you’re sick.

FACT

Healthy adults with the flu may be able to infect someone else with the flu before they know they're sick, as well as 5-7 days after becoming sick.

The flu can be serious, especially for little ones. Learn about a prescription flu treatment approved for children.
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Indications

Tamiflu is a prescription medicine used to treat the flu (influenza) in people 2 weeks of age and older who have had flu symptoms for no more than 2 days. Tamiflu can also reduce the chance of getting the flu in people 1 year and older.

Tamiflu does not prevent bacterial infections that may happen with the flu.

Tamiflu is not a substitute for an annual flu vaccination.

Do not take Tamiflu if you are allergic to oseltamivir phosphate or any of the ingredients in Tamiflu.

Important Safety Information

  • If you have an allergic reaction or a severe rash with Tamiflu, stop taking it, and contact your doctor right away. This may be very serious.
  • People with the flu, particularly children and adolescents, may be at an increased risk of seizure, confusion, or abnormal behavior early during their illness.
  • Let your doctor know if you are pregnant, nursing, have heart problems, breathing problems, a weakened immune system (immunocompromised), kidney problems or other medical conditions as Tamiflu may not be right for you.
  • Also tell your doctor about any medications you are taking or if you've received a nasal-spray flu vaccine in the past two weeks.
  • The most common side effects are mild to moderate nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain.

Please see the Tamiflu full Prescribing Information for complete important safety information.

You are encouraged to report side effects to Genentech by calling 1-888-835-2555 or to the FDA by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch or calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

Indications and Important Safety Information

Indications

Tamiflu is a prescription medicine used to treat the flu (influenza) in people 2 weeks of age and older who have had flu symptoms for no more than 2 days. Tamiflu can also reduce the chance of getting the flu in people 1 year and older.

Tamiflu does not prevent bacterial infections that may happen with the flu.

Tamiflu is not a substitute for an annual flu vaccination.

Do not take Tamiflu if you are allergic to oseltamivir phosphate or any of the ingredients in Tamiflu.

Important Safety Information

  • If you have an allergic reaction or a severe rash with Tamiflu, stop taking it, and contact your doctor right away. This may be very serious.
  • People with the flu, particularly children and adolescents, may be at an increased risk of seizure, confusion, or abnormal behavior early during their illness.
  • Let your doctor know if you are pregnant, nursing, have heart problems, breathing problems, a weakened immune system (immunocompromised), kidney problems or other medical conditions as Tamiflu may not be right for you.
  • Also tell your doctor about any medications you are taking or if you've received a nasal-spray flu vaccine in the past two weeks.
  • The most common side effects are mild to moderate nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain.

Please see the Tamiflu full Prescribing Information for complete important safety information.

You are encouraged to report side effects to Genentech by calling 1-888-835-2555 or to the FDA by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch or calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Is It the Flu?

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A temperature of 100°F or greater.

Body aches that are sudden and unexplained.

Body chills not related to a cold environment.

Tiredness associated with one or more of the other symptoms.

The information presented here does not replace the advice of your healthcare team. Please talk with your healthcare team about your medical condition and treatment.

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