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  1. 21 Nov 2014
    Amantadine and rimantadine to prevent and treat influenza A in children and the elderly Updated
    Review question As recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), oseltamivir (Tamiflu) is currently used for people with influenza A. In previous pandemics, the virus was susceptible to amantadine and rimantadine. If they are safe and the circulating strain proves to be susceptible to these drugs, they could be an alternative for managing influenza. ...
  2. 10 Apr 2014
    Regulatory information on trials of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) for influenza in adults and children
    Oseltamivir and zanamivir have been stockpiled in many countries to treat and prevent seasonal and pandemic influenza, before an influenza vaccine matched to the circulating virus becomes available. Oseltamivir is classified by the World Health Organization as an essential medicine. How this review has been approached We have updated and combined ...
  3. 6 Mar 2014
    Vaccines for preventing influenza in people with cystic fibrosis
    People with cystic fibrosis have blocked airways which results in frequent airway infections. Infections with viral diseases like influenza ("the flu") can worsen lung damage. Doctors therefore often advise people with cystic fibrosis to be vaccinated against influenza every year. We searched for studies which compared different vaccines or compared ...
  4. 10 Feb 2014
    Antiviral treatment for influenza infection in people with cystic fibrosis
    Cystic fibrosis is a genetic, life-threatening disorder affecting multiple organs. People with cystic fibrosis have a higher risk of chronic lung disease. Influenza can worsen the course of the disease in cystic fibrosis by increasing the risk of pneumonia and secondary respiratory complications. During a pandemic, flu symptoms may be more severe and ...
  5. 1 Aug 2013
    Influenza vaccination in children being treated with chemotherapy for cancer
    Children with cancer are prone to developing infections. One of the viral infections is influenza (flu). This can run an innocent course in these children but some can develop severe complications. This review therefore focused on the efficacy of influenza vaccination in children with cancer. We identified no studies which assessed the clinical efficacy ...
  6. 31 May 2013
    Homeopathic Oscillococcinum® for preventing and treating influenza and influenza-like illness
    Influenza ('the flu') is a highly infectious viral respiratory disease. Other than treatments for complications (such as pneumonia), the conventional medical strategies for the prevention or treatment of flu are not entirely effective or satisfactory. Oscillococcinum® is a highly diluted homeopathic preparation manufactured from wild duck heart and ...
  7. 28 Mar 2013
    Chinese medicinal herbs for influenza
    Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes an acute febrile illness with myalgia, headache and cough, and can result in high morbidity and mortality rates during an epidemic. Annual epidemics are thought to result in between three and five million cases of severe influenza and between 250,000 and 500,000 deaths worldwide. Currently, annual ...
  8. 28 Feb 2013
    Vaccines for preventing flu in people with asthma
    Asthma is a condition that affects the airways – the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs - and the symptoms are generally coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. The symptoms can be occasional or persistent. When a person with asthma breathes in an asthma trigger (something that irritates their airways), the muscles ...
  9. 15 Aug 2012
    Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy children
    Children (< 16 years old) and the elderly (above 65 years old) are the two age groups that appear to have the most complications following an influenza infection. Influenza has a viral origin and often results in an acute respiratory illness affecting the lower or upper parts of the respiratory tract, or both. Viruses are mainly of two subtypes (A ...
  10. 18 Apr 2012
    Combined DTP-HBV-HIB vaccine versus separately administered DTP-HBV and HIB vaccines in healthy infants up to two years old Podcast
    Childhood vaccinations provide an effective method of protection against diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that routine infant immunisation programmes include a vaccination against Haemophilus influenzae (H. influenza) type B (HIB) in the combined diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP)-hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination. We compared ...

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