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Flu antivirals may save lives if given early

Oseltamivir appears to be more effective against influenza A/H3N2 in a severely ill population than it is against A/H1N1 or influenza B but early treatment is essential. A Greek study of 1,330 patients admitted to intensive care or mechanically ventilated for laboratory confirmed influenza found early administration of oseltamivir could reduce mortality by about 30% ...

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