What are flu

antivirals?

Antivirals are used to treat viral infections. 

Flu antivirals work by targeting the flu virus directly, stopping it from multiplying in the body.1 They are prescription-only medications, meaning you cannot purchase them over the counter in your local pharmacy. 


Antivirals are used to treat viral infections. Flu antivirals work by targeting the flu virus directly, stopping it from multiplying in the body.1 They are prescription-only medications, meaning you cannot purchase them over the counter in your local pharmacy.

Antivirals can help you axe the flu by: 

  • Shortening the length of the illness2,3
  • Reducing the severity of symptoms2
  • Helping prevent complications related to the flu2–4

 

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Without antivirals, people with the flu are likely to be sick for longer periods of time,2 impacting work, school, and other commitments. 

Although most people with the flu will eventually recover without complications, those at high risk who leave the flu untreated could be at risk of more serious health problems, hospitalisation, and even death.3

Antivirals can reduce the risk of hospitalisation for those at high risk,3-6 and, if prescribed early, can reduce the risk of death for those already in hospital.6,7

AXE THE FLU, DON’T LET IT AXE YOU

ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF AN ANTIVIRAL IS RIGHT FOR YOU

It’s important to speak to your doctor or healthcare provider as soon as possible.

 

References

  1. Stiver G. CMAJ 2003; 168(1): 49–56.
  2. Allen UD et al. Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol 2006; 17(5): 273–284.
  3. Hayden FG & Pavia AT. J Infect Dis 2006; 194: S119–126.
  4. Wallick C et al. Poster presented at IDWeek. 3–7th October 2018. San Francisco, CA, USA.
  5. Uyeki TM et al. Clin Infect Dis 2019; doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy866.
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 2011; 60: 1.
    Available from: www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr6001.pdf. Last accessed: August 2020.
  7. Muthuri SG et al. Lancet Respir Med 2014; 2(5): 395–404.