Did you know that Tamiflu isn’t just used to treat confirmed influenza? If you’ve been exposed, Tamiflu can be taken to prevent the flu (or at least minimize symptoms) after you’ve been exposed.
As a person on multiple immunosuppressant drugs, flu season is not my favorite time of year. I get my influenza vaccine hoping to stay healthy, but the shot is only about 60% effective, and the world is full of people who don’t understand how irresponsible it is to contribute to the spread of preventable disease. $35 to greatly reduce my chances of dying from the influenza seems like a bargain.
A few days ago I was exposed to what was a few hours later confirmed to be influenza A. This, I determined, was a situation worthy of skipping both my biologic and mtx. My doctor determined that it was also worthy of a round of tamiflu. With known exposure, tamiflu can be used to prevent the flu — or at the very least, make the case less severe than it would otherwise have been. I had not known that Tamiflu could be used prophylactically.
If you are exposed to a confirmed case of the flu, there’s no need to spend any time worrying about whether or not you’ll get sick. Talk to your doctor.