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flu prevention in healthy Children - Evidence icon EVIDENCE | NEEDS MORE TESTING - 3 studies with 863 children - Circle icon EFFECTIVENESS | MILD BENEFITS for prevention of symptoms - Circle icon SAFETY | MILD RISKS
Preventive treatment with Neuraminidase inhibitors (e.g. zanamivir, oseltamivir). 3 studies conducted, with 863 children. Prevents 1 case of influenza transmission when given to 12 children in households were a member already has the Flu. Mild side effects, including vomiting.

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flu prevention in healthy Children - Evidence icon EVIDENCE | NEEDS MORE TESTING - 5 studies with 1,007 children - Circle icon EFFECTIVENESS | MILD BENEFITS - Circle icon SAFETY | DANGEROUS
Prevention of influenza A with Amantadine and Rimantadine. 5 studies conducted, with 1,007 children. Amantadine prevents 5.88% of confirmed flu type A infections during influenza A epidemic outbreaks, while Rimantadine is ineffective. The impact of both on complications is unclear. Both drugs have irritating stomach and gut effects, while Amantadine may also impair the nervous system and lead to psychiatric symptoms.

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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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