Health officials say Tamiflu may not work for current common flu bug.
Wired PR News.com – This flu season may prove different than others, with the surfacing of new types of bugs that are holding their own against leading medicinal weaponry. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said the most common type of influenza, or more commonly termed, flu present so far this season appears to be resistant to Tamiflu, which has in the past been widely used for the treatment of flu patients. The evidence suggests that medical changes might need to be made to combat the illness differently.
Despite issue; however, health officials are not looking at it as a huge dilemma. As noted in the AP report, this is because the flu strain may not prove to be dominate throughout the season, few individuals use antiviral drugs for the flu, and flu vaccinations have shown to be an effective defense.
Still experts say the information from the CDC should not be taken lightly. Influenza contributes to thousands of deaths and hospitalizations every year.