FDA recommendations for those who get the flu - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/8/09

FDA recommendations for those who get the flu

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - You've heard a lot about flu prevention and now here is some advice on what happens if the bug gets you.  The FDA says first, remember that the vast majority of people who get the flu live through it and if you have a fever, take something over the counter like Tylenol or Motrin.

In severe cases, or for people at risk of complications, like pregnant women or people with asthma, the FDA says they may want to take an anti-viral like Tamiflu, but mostly, and this goes for everybody, the FDA says the best thing to do is get plenty of rest.  They also say to drink lots and lots of clear fluids, and stay home from work so you don't expose others, which is the worst thing you could do.  The FDA says please do not go to your doctor and demand an antibiotic because that only works in treating bacteria and colds and flu are a virus.

"And it's important for folks to remember that, so that when they go to their physician and their physician recommends that they not get an antibiotic for a particular illness -- a cold or flu illness -- that they don't demand or pressure that their physician give them an antibiotic drug," said Edward Cox, M.D., with the FDA.

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