Stories about tragic flu deaths wrongly portray Tamiflu as a panacea

A number of news stories on Monday linked the flu-related death of a Texas schoolteacher to her reluctance to fill a prescription for a generic version of antiviral drug Tamiflu.

They were misleading because there’s no evidence that antiviral medications can prevent an otherwise healthy person from dying of the flu.

They’re also emblematic of fear-mongering coverage that suggests otherwise healthy people are dropping dead in this year’s severe flu season.

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