You may say that it is useless to use Tamilflu which is the correct
response to the data but this could be due to the administration of
Tamilflu after the recommended 48 hours after the onset of symptoms.
Tamilflu no longer helps but instead hinder the immune system of the
victim who are administered Tamilflu after the recommended 48 hours.
Worse, it also increases the chance of Tamilflu resistant Swine Flu
Another possibility is that Tamilflu was used only for the sickest as
recommended earlier by WHO. Unfortunately it has backfired. It creates
more death than it saves, or is it? Someone need to scrutinise the
data very carefully.
One thing is for sure, manufacturers disallow the use of Tamilflu
after 48 hours.
So the best response is to quickly use Tamilflu without waiting for
the severity of the flu symptoms to appear which usually occurs only
after 48 hours.
This is what WHO is trying to recommend now but due to political
bickerings, it cannot be made more clearly. Or at least someone in WHO
who are still sane and responsible enough.
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for suspected H1N1 flu
WHO urges prompt antiviral treatment for suspected H1N1 flu
Saturday Oct 17, 2009 (foodconsumer.org) -- The World Health
Organization warned doctors of a wave of possibly severe swine flu
complications, including life-threatening viral pneumonia, and urged
them to treat suspected H1N1 flu cases as quickly as possible with
Unfortunately, use of antiviral drugs did not seem to reduce the swine
flu deaths. The first report of 36 pediatric deaths from
complications of H1N1 flu virus found it is true that patients with
H1N1 flu who died are found suffering another type of infection. But
the report shows that the number of deaths is actually higher among
those who received antiviral treatment than those who did not receive
According to WHO data, the currently circulating H1N1 flu virus is
more damaging to young people than older people. And a new study has
suggested that older people may have become infected with flu strains
that are similar to the so called 2009 novel H1N1 virus strain and
they become immune from the pandemic H1N1 virus.
Nikki Shindo, WHO's Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response
Department was quoted by the Boston Globe as saying "It's not like
seasonal influenza." Seasonal flu affects more elderly people than
children. "It can cause very severe disease in previously healthy
Shindo made the comments at a special three-day meeting in Washington
in front of more than 100 health specialists from all over the world.
The WHO's medical specialist said the virus appears more able than the
seasonal flu virus to get deep in the lungs. Once settled there, it
can cause viral pneumonia which can lead to severe lung damage and a
life-threatening condition called acute respiratory distress syndrome.
The H1N1 virus is everywhere and in a rare response WHO declared the
H1N1 flu pandemic in June even though deaths caused by the flu are
rare. And Forbes reported that in New Zealand and Australia, where
the H1N1 virus is prevalent in the summer time, the death rate from
flu is actually lower than that recorded for previous years. One
theory again reported by Forbes is that infection with H1N1 flu
actually gives the patients strengthened immunity and the common
seasonal flu virus in many cases was prevented from infecting those
with H1N1 flu, reducing the fatality rate from overall infections.
The first report of 36 children who died from H1N1 virus released by
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that one third
apparently suffered no underlying medical conditions. However, many
of the "healthy" victims are non-white and some experts suggested that
it is likely these healthy children died because they were vitamin D
deficient, which makes a person vulnerable to influenza infection of
By david Liu - davidl at foodconsumer dot org and editing by Sheilah
Downey - sheilahd at foodconsumer dot org