Beat the flu with antivirals, which directly target the flu virus, and stop it from replicating1
What are flu
Antivirals are used to treat viral infections.
Flu antivirals work by targeting the flu virus directly, stopping it from multiplying in the body.1 They are prescription-only medications, meaning you cannot purchase them over the counter in your local pharmacy.
Antivirals are used to treat viral infections. Flu antivirals work by targeting the flu virus directly, stopping it from multiplying in the body.1 They are prescription-only medications, meaning you cannot purchase them over the counter in your local pharmacy.
Antivirals can help you beat the flu by:
- Shortening the length of the illness2,3
- Reducing the severity of symptoms2
- Helping prevent complications related to the flu2–4
Without antivirals, people with the flu are likely to be sick for longer periods of time,2 impacting work, school, and other commitments.
Although most people with the flu will eventually recover without complications, those at high risk who leave the flu untreated could be at risk of more serious health problems, hospitalisation, and even death.3
Antivirals can reduce the risk of hospitalisation for those at high risk,3-6 and, if prescribed early, can reduce the risk of death for those already in hospital.6,7
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