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Treatments for prevention of Influenza A virus infection in Toddlers

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Influenza A virus infection prevention in healthy Toddlers - Evidence icon EVIDENCE | POORLY TESTED - 1 study with 768 toddlers - Circle icon EFFECTIVENESS | INEFFECTIVE - Circle icon SAFETY | MILD RISKS
Flu shot vaccine with “dead” inactivated viruses. Only 1 study (clinical trial) conducted, with 786 toddlers. Does not prevent flu symptoms. irritating side effects. Unclear safety.

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Influenza A virus infection prevention in healthy Toddlers - Evidence icon EVIDENCE | NOT TESTED - Circle icon EFFECTIVENESS | UNCLEAR - Circle icon SAFETY | DANGEROUS
Flu nose spray vaccine with “live” (weakened) viruses. No valid studies conducted, probably since it is regarded as too risky for toddlers. Therefore, no data exists on benefits. High risk potential. Known serious harms.

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Influenza A virus infection

Influenza, commonly known as “the flu”, is an infectious disease caused by an influenza virus. Symptoms can be mild to severe. The most common symptoms include: a high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pains, headache, coughing, and feeling tired. These symptoms typically begin two days after exposure to the virus and most last less than a week. The cough, however, may last for more than two weeks. (source)

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