My son has the swine flu. Should I give him tamiflu?
October 25, 2009 7:42 AM Subscribe
My son has the swine flu. Now what? Should I give him Tamiflu? He is 5 years old, and I also have a 3 year old and a 1 year old, should they also get Tamiflu? Should my wife and I also take it?
posted by tedunni to health & fitness (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My son tested positive for influenza a yesterday, and because of his symptoms and two kids in his class were confirmed for H1N1, the doctor is pretty sure he has the swine flu. So far he is doing ok - he has a fever that is controlled by motrin and tylenol. The rest of the family is doing fine as well. His doctor doesn't think its necessary to take Tamiflu, as she feels its been overprescribed and if his condition does worsen (or if ours do) then we won't have an option as far as medicine is concerned. We talked with another doctor who suggested we do give him TamiFlu and that we all take it ourselves.
Also we talked with a family friend whose son had the h1n1 and they gave their son Tamiflu after he was initially diagnosed. His condition improved after two days, but then it drastically got worse and he had to be taken into the hospital and he almost died, but he pulled through (he was on the news because of his "miracle"). His parents think the TamiFlu made things worse.