Babies and children

Children 'should not be treated with Tamiflu'

Tamiflu can cause side effects Report says it does more harm than good

A new study claims that the government should not give anti-viral drugs such as Tamiflu and Relenza to children under 12 as their side effects can lead to complications.

The drugs can cause vomiting which may lead to dehydration and other complications.

The authors of the report say that the government should not give the drugs in cases of mild illness.

Children are one of the high risk groups and are expected to be near the front of the queue when the vaccine for swine flu is finally released.

This study follows on from our report last week that 50% of schoolchildren developed side effects after taking anti-viral drugs and the suggestion in the Lancet that it might be better to concentrate resources on vaccination rather than treatment.

Anti-viral drugs reduce the length of swine flu symptoms by about a day - they last between 4 and 6 days otherwise.

This article was published on Mon 10 August 2009

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