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Date:9/10/2009

nurse, if they've gotten flu vaccine. And if they haven't, ask them why not," he said.

In the Sept. 11 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, researchers reported on two possible cases of swine flu resistance to the antiviral drug Tamiflu. Two teenage girls were given the drug, which is effective against swine flu, before they became ill.

Although resistance to Tamiflu is rare, overuse of the drug can cause the swine flu virus to become resistant to it. To prevent such resistance, the CDC recommends antivirals only for people at high risk for complications from the swine flu and for those hospitalized with the flu.

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For more on flu, visit the Flu.gov.



SOURCES: Sept. 10, 2009, teleconference with Kathleen Sebelius, secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Gregory A. Poland, M.D., director, Mayo Vaccine Research Group, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and chairman, Adult Immunization Advisory Board, American College of Physicians; Sept. 11, 2009, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report


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