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Top 10 Questions about Tamiflu Vaccinations

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  1. What is Tamiflu?                                                                                                                             Tamiflu® (oseltamivir phosphate) is a prescription anti-viral medication that slows down the spread of seasonal influenza. It has been used in the treatment of both influenza A and B viruses and can be taken in the form of capsules or as a suspension.
  2. How does Tamiflu work?
    Tamiflu becomes active within the body when it has passed through the liver and it works by slowing down the speed at which the virus can reproduce.
  3. Are there side effects from taking Tamiflu?
    Although serious complications from taking Tamiflu are rare, they may occur, so it is important that you are aware of the possible side-effects so you can seek treatment from your doctor if you or a family member experiences them.
  4. What are the minor side effects?
    Minor side-effects from taking Tamiflu include headache, nausea, abdominal cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. Serious side effects include difficulty breathing, skin rash, swelling or numbness of face, lips or tongue, dizziness, confusion, shivering, hallucinations and mood changes.
  5. Who is at risk of side effects?
    Certain groups of people may be at a greater risk of side-effects than others. These include young children and adolescents. If your child or teen is taking Tamiflu you should keep a look out for unusual behavioral problems or severe skin reactions. Should you notice any, you should contact your family physician immediately.
  6. Is the 2009 H1N1 swine flu is resistant to Tamiflu?
    The 2009 H1N1 swine flu is resistant to Tamiflu in about 52 percent of cases.
  7. Who should not take Tamiflu?
    It is recommended that you DO NOT take Tamiflu in the following situations; if you are allergic to eggs, if you have previously had allergic reactions to oseltamivir phosphate or any of the other ingredients of Tamiflu, if you are pregnant, if you are breast feeding, if you suffer from kidney disease, if you have already taken a nasal flu vaccine or if your doctor does not recommend it.
  8. Can I buy Tamiflu?
    Tamiflu is only available by prescription.
  9. Who owns Tamiflu?
    Gilead Sciences owns the Tamiflu patent.
  10. Is Tamiflu antibiotic?
    No, Tamiflu is antiviral.

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