How are antiviral drugs used in the treatment of influenza?

Updated: Oct 13, 2021
  • Author: Christian E Sandrock, MD, MPH, FCCP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Antiviral agents may be prescribed as treatment to potentially shorten the duration and decrease the severity of influenza infection. Antivirals may also be prescribed for chemoprophylaxis to prevent/attenuate a potential influenza infection following contact with an infected individual or in vulnerable individuals during a community outbreak (eg, nursing homes).


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