1. Some people who get seasonal or 2009/2010 H1N1 flu will be recommended by their doctor to be
treated with antiviral drugs.
2. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) that fight
against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body.
3. Antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also
prevent serious flu complications.
4. Antiviral drugs are not sold over-the-counter. You must get them from your health care
5. Antiviral are different from antibiotics.
6. Antiviral drugs are recommended especially for people who are very sick (hospitalized) or
people who are sick with flu-like symptoms and who are at increased risk of serious flu
complications, such as pregnant women, young children, people 65 and older, and people
with chronic health conditions.
7. For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started within the first 2 days of symptoms.
Check with your health care provider for possible immunization.