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Aren’t we forgetting antibiotics for swine flu?

Stockpiles of Tamiflu give protection from swine flu but still some patients have died. There are reports that hospitalised patients during the Mexican swine flu epidemic had pneumonia and many were young and healthy.

So swine flu makes patients more susceptible to apparently rapid-onset and severe pneumonia. But is this primary viral pneumonia or secondary bacterial pneumonia? We know flu predisposes people to possibly fatal secondary bacterial pneumonia.

So why aren't we talking about antibiotics – as well as Tamiflu – for swine flu?

From Dr William Lettington, Lewisham, south London

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