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Online Discussion: Tracking new emerging diseases and the next pandemic

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Posted: March 08 2006 at 11:23am By sbulldog
I think what is important to realize is that Tamiflu does not prevent flu.  It only shortens the duration of symptoms.  Because there is no documented transmission of person to person spread of avian flu, we really don't know how it would work once someone actually contracted the disease. If it could prevent the flu, you would need enough to take for the entire duration of an outbreak.  So, in a six week outbreak, at a normal dose, you would have to have 84 pills per person.  Not feasible.