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Shortage of flu treatment drug

Updated: Tuesday, January 15 2013, 11:55 AM EST
As the flu virus spikes, patients say they're having a hard time getting medicine to fight it.

Hospitals and pharmacies around the country are reporting a shortage of the drug Tamiflu.

In fact, many places don't have any of it.

Experts say ten times more people got sick last month than average and they believe the trend will continue.   

Tamiflu doesn't protect from the flu; it helps people feel better, faster.
Shortage of flu treatment drug

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Flu Signs and Symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:


Flu Symptoms (more intense than common cold):

  • Fever 
  • Body aches
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry cough are more common and intense
  • Chills
  • HeadachesCommon

Cold Symptoms:  
  • Stuffy/runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever is rare
  • Slight body aches
  • Mild fatigue

Source: Centers for Disease Control

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