What You Should Know About Influenza (Flu) Antiviral Drugs


Who should take antiviral drugs?

It’s very important that antiviral drugs be used early to treat people who are very sick with flu (for example, people who are in the hospital) and people who are sick with flu who are at high risk of serious flu complications, either because of their age or because they have a high risk medical condition. Other people also may be treated with antiviral drugs by their health care provider this season. Most people who are otherwise healthy and get the flu, however, do not need to be treated with antiviral drugs.