My 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with the flu. She started Tamiflu (oseltamivir). How do we prevent the rest of us getting the flu? Tamiflu (oseltamivir)? No flu shots givn

Hand washing. You can ask your Dr to prescribe Prophylactic dose of Tamiflu (oseltamivir) for any family members >1yr old. Good Hand washing with soap and water or antibacterial gels is another effective way to reduce transmission of respiratory infections. Covering your mouth when you cough also helps. It is not too late to get a flu shot. Take Care.
Tamiflu (oseltamivir) Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is used to treat influenza A and/or B in people who have had flu symptoms for 2 days or less. It can also be used as prophylaxis (prevention) for people who have a close contact who is positive for the flu. Good handwashing techniques can also hep prevent spread to family members.

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Got the flu and on tamiflu (oseltamivir). Fever 2 degrees above norm. How long will fever typically last? I did have my flu shot. Tx

Shortens duration. A flu shot may not have been the one for the strain of virus you have. Taking tamiflu (oseltamivir) before can ward of the flu, and if taken right away usually it shortens the duration of symptoms. Feel better! Read more...

My 2 year old grand daughter has the flu and is taking tamiflu (oseltamivir). Last night she threw up black gunk. What would cause this, and should we be concerned?

Don't Panic,Call Doc. Did she have a nosebleed? Black gunk can be from old swallowed blood. Was is something she ate? Like oreo's. These questions and others from her doctor can help figure it out and ease your mind. Just give him/her a call. Read more...

My daycare providers son tested positive for the flu on Tuesday, he took Tamiflu that same night. Wednesday his fever is gone. Are my children ok to go Thursday? They are 5, 2, and 2 months. We have had our flu shots, I was pregnant when I had mine.

Troublesome issue. Those with flu are likely shedding the virus for a minimum of a week, whether or not they are on Tamiflu (oseltamivir). There are flu strains circulating in the country that the vaccine will not prevent.I find it risky if the day care providers son is around your kids so soon. If he is not, there is less risk. Read more...
Mgt. This year's flu vaccine did not provide as much protection as in previous years. Your two month old is particularly susceptible, so I would wait five days before sending them back to daycare. If your five year old is in school and not in contact with the daycare provider's son, then it should be fine to send him to school. Read more...

Can one still get the flu if taking tamiflu (oseltamivir) to prevent it? My husband had it last wkend, I took full script, have fever of101. 5&headaches since tues

Can still have flu. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) decreases the possibility of infection but you could have been infected with the flu before even starting the medicine, but just had not started showing symptoms yet. Read more...

Is tamiflu (oseltamivir) a good drug to prevent the flu?

Yes. There is no drug to prevent flu completely, even the vaccine. They decrease the severity of symptoms such body aches, malaise etc. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) helps better if you administer it atleast 48 hrs before the symptom onset. So if someone around you is sick, start taking it. The sooner the better. If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor first whether to take it or not coz there are conflicting data. Read more...
Yes but... Unimmunized individuals who is at high risk to develop severe influenza typically receive tamiflu (oseltamivir) when they are exposed. This will provide only a temporary cover compared to much longer protection by vaccination. Read more...

My daughter was positive for influenza A. Placed on tamiflu (oseltamivir) and is fever free rest of us on tamiflu (oseltamivir) can we still get influenza?

Yes, you can. The prophylactic Tamiflu (oseltamivir) you were prescribed will more than likely protect you from the particular strain your daughter was infected with, but it will not protect you from other circulating strains you may encounter after your 10 day period has completed. It will still be important to practice self protection through good handwashing and maintaining overall health. Best wishes! Read more...
Certainly. She was contageous before diagnosis and she remains so during treatment. All who are around her may have enough exposure to get it if they are not immune to that strain from a flu shot. The drug would likely decrease the intensity of any symptoms a contact would have. This drug suppresses the reproduction of the virus it does not kill it, so it does not work like penicillin for a strep throat. Read more...