Influenza Prevention

An exposure to the flu can be very unsettling. Starting an anti-flu medication, oseltamivir (Tamiflu), after a flu exposure, but before illness begins, may prevent influenza. ($29)

What causes the flu?

  • Viral infection with Influenza A, B or C
  • Exposure to a person with the flu
  • Spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • The influenza virus enters through the nose or mouth and spreads throughout the body
  • Flu strains change from year to year which limits the vaccine's effectiveness

How can influenza be prevented?

  • Annual flu vaccination is the most effective method for prevention, but it is not 100% protective
  • Frequent hand washing
  • Respiratory masks
  • Antiviral medication can both prevent and treat an influenza infection

What is the purpose of this treatment?

  • Prevention of the flu with antiviral medications after exposure but BEFORE you have symptoms
  • If you think you may already have symptoms of the flu, please use our flu assessment instead

What can I expect?

  • Our online assessment will help identify good candidates for online flu prevention
  • Taking Tamiflu (oseltamivir) after being exposed to influenza A or B significantly reduces the chance of developing the flu
  • Just answer a few questions to get started with your online visit

What happens next?

  • Create an MDAnywhere account. Required on your first visit only and can be completed at any time, even in advance
  • Complete your online visit by answering a few medical interview questions and providing your medical history
  • Once these two steps are complete, a physician will review your entire visit and treatment request
  • Your treatment plan will be shared with you minutes after the physician reviews your request
  • You will be notified if there is any additional information needed
  • Any necessary prescriptions will be sent to your pharmacy
  • If, at any point, online treatment is not recommended, you will not be charged
  • Rest assured, your private information will be protected, stored securely, and kept confidential

The information displayed on this page is for informational purposes only and not medical opinion or advice.