Tamiflu available for infants as young as 2 weeks old

By Cristina Rendon

Published 01/07 2013 09:15PM

Updated 01/07 2013 10:13PM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – In a bad flu season that is only getting worse, babies are getting some help.

The FDA just approved the use of Tamiflu for infants as young as two weeks old.

Dr. Andrew Pavia with Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City said about 20 percent of Utah children were part of the research when determining if Tamiflu was safe and effective for children under age two.

The drug won’t prevent the flu, but it can shorten the flu in infants with serious symptoms no longer than two days.

Doses for infants are based on each child’s exact weight and come in liquid form.

Pavis said the drug will only be prescribed to babies who really need it and not to infants who will get better on their own.

Get in touch with your local pediatrician if you’re interested in the drug for your child.

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