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Jan 9, 2013 8:15 PM by Matt Stafford

Concern over stock of flu medication

With all of the flu cases popping up across the country, some people are worried about a rush on the popular treatment -- Tamiflu.

Doctors say any flu drug is most effective in the first 24 to 48 hours of symptoms coming on. They say if you don't take it by then, it won't do much. so, with that in mind, if you get to the clinic late they might not give you a prescription for the flu.

"We want to try to make sure that we save it so that we have enough supplies for the people that are most at risk; so elderly people, people with chronic health conditions, really the people that are most at risk for being hospitalized," says Dr. Melody Mendiola.

Health officials urge those with flu symptoms to stay home until they're well; that's 24 hours after their fever breaks without fever reducing medication.

 

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