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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, will help 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
  • A copy of any lab orders will be sent directly to you for added convenience
  • 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 is not medical opinion or advice.