Recently, Swine flu (H1N1 virus) hit news headlines and internet; its outbreak is spreading globally and all steps are taken to restrict its spread. On Wednesday, the UN health agency recommended swine flu treatment with the antiviral drug TAMIFLU in “severe and progressive” infections.
As you all are now aware about swine flu symptoms, cause and its vaccine but its time to know about its prevention and treatments. You can use Masks for prevention and TAMIFLU for prevention. following is the full information about TAMIFLU and masks.
Tami-flu is antiviral flu medicine, if you feel you have flu symptoms then you have 48 hours to beat swine flu with Tamiflu as it is giving best result within 48 hours of infection. It is effective for adults and children aged one year or older.
It works in two situations
- For flu treatment: When taken within two days of experiencing symptoms, TAMIFLU works by helping to stop the flu virus from spreading inside the body
- For flu prevention: When you have been exposed to someone with the flu, taking TAMIFLU can help keep the virus from making you sick.
TAMIFLU is available in different form and flavor
- TAMIFLU is available in pill form
- TAMIFLU is also available in a fruit–flavored liquid form with a dosing dispenser for children 1 year and older and for adults who have difficulty swallowing the capsule.
- TAMIFLU can be taken with or without food. As with many medicines, if you take TAMIFLU with a light snack, milk, or a meal, the potential for an upset stomach may be reduced.
TAMIFLU Dosage by Age and Weight
|Age and Weight, Adults and Children13 yrs. and older||Pill Dosage1 Dose= One 75 mg pill||Liquid DosageDose= 75 mg|
|33 lbs. or less (15 kg or less)||1 Dose=One 30 mg pill||1 Dose= 30 mg|
|34 lbs – 51 lbs (16 kg – 23 kg)||1 Dose=One 45 mg pill||1 Dose=45 mg|
|52 lbs – 88 lbs (24 kg – 40 kg)||1 Dose= Two 30 mg pills||1 Dose=60 mg|
|89 lbs or more (41 kg or more)||1 Dose= One 75 mg pill||1 Dose= 75 mg*|
*The 75 mg dose can be measured using a combination of 30 mg and 45 mg.
Take the following precautions when using TAMIFLU:
1. You should not take TAMIFLU if you are allergic to oseltamivir phosphate or any other ingredients of TAMIFLU.
2. TAMIFLU is normally not recommended for use during pregnancy or nursing, as the effects on the unborn child or nursing infant are unknown. If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding while taking TAMIFLU, talk to your doctor before taking TAMIFLU.
3. If you have any type of kidney disease, talk to your doctor before starting TAMIFLU therapy.
4. The use of TAMIFLU along with an intranasal flu vaccine like FluMist®* has not been evaluated. However, due to the possibility for interference between these products, an intranasal flu vaccine should not be given within 2 weeks before or 48 hours after taking TAMIFLU, unless it is deemed appropriate by your doctor. The type of flu vaccine administered as a shot through the skin can be given at any time relative to use of TAMIFLU.
5. Rare but serious skin reactions and allergic reactions have been reported. Stop taking TAMIFLU and call your doctor if you experience any of these reactions, as they could be very serious.
6. People with the flu, particularly children and adolescents, may be at an increased risk of self injury and confusion shortly after taking TAMIFLU and should be closely monitored for signs of unusual behavior. A health care professional should be contacted immediately if the patient taking TAMIFLU shows any signs of unusual behavior.
7.The most common side effects of TAMIFLU are mild to moderate nausea and vomiting. TAMIFLU is generally well tolerated.
How to Store TAMIFLU?
TAMIFLU capsules should be stored at room temperature below 77ºF (25ºC) and kept in a dry place. Refrigerate liquid TAMIFLU at 36º to 46ºF (2º to 8ºC). Do not freeze. As with all medications, keep out of the reach of children.
Swine flu prevention using N95 masks
You can be safe by using face masks and gloves while touching any ill patient or any unhealthy places. Face masks are available in pharmacies generally, but if out of stock, you should visit any surgical instruments store to find it.
There are two types of facial masks to protect Swine flu.
- Surgical masks: This is designed to keep germs in, so you do not infect someone else
- N95 respirators: This is designed to keep germs out, so a sick person does not infect you.
Where should wear Face masks?
- Wear a face mask if you come into close contact with a sick person. “Close contact” means within 6 feet.
- Wear an N95 respirator if helping a sick person with a nebulizer, inhaler, or other respiratory treatment.
- If you have got the flu, wear a face mask before going near other people.
- If you have got the flu and must leave home, to see the doctor,
- If you are well, but live in a household with someone who has the flu, wear a face mask before going near other people.
- If swine flu is widespread in your community, you may consider wearing a face mask when in crowded settings.