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Preventive Tamiflu use approved

NICE has given the go-ahead for GPs to prescribe Tamiflu (oseltamivir) for the prevention of influenza.

GPs should only prescribe the drug when:

linfluenza is circulating

lthe patient is in an at-risk group ­ including all over-65s ­ and has not received the flu vaccine or the

vaccine did not match the strain

land the patient can start treatment within 48 hours of being in contact with a person with flu-like symptoms.

The drug should not be used for the prevention of flu in otherwise healthy under-65s, the guidance said.

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