Representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) are holding a webcast this afternoon at 2 pm to discuss the updated recommendations for using antivirals for H1N1 flu. As with the previous influenza outbreaks, there has been interest in using antiviral medications for treatment and prevention of the flu. Influenza antiviral drugs are prescription drugs (pills, liquid, or inhaler) that decrease the ability of flu viruses to reproduce. While getting a flu vaccine each year is the first and most important step in protecting against flu, antiviral drugs are a second line of defense in prevention and treatment. Treatment with influenza antiviral drugs is generally not needed for people who are not at higher risk for complications or do not have severe influenza, such as those requiring hospitalization, however, doctors can best determine when the use of anitvirals is needed. Watch the webcast
as it is streamed live to learn more about the use of anitvirals for H1N1 flu.
This webcast is part of an ongoing effort to provide guidance and recommendations during the ongoing H1N1 flu pandemic. Learn more about the current guidance
for schools (K-12 and higher education), childcare facilities, businesses, emergency personnel, and clinicians, and visit flu.gov
for information about H1N1 and seasonal influenza.
- In addition to the formal guidance, there are steps that every citizen can take to stay healthy this fall:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in a waste basket.
- Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve if you don't have a tissue.
- Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Stay at home if you are sick