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Flu season has begun, and while we've discussed flu shots before, it's important that you know about all your options for managing the flu. Today we're discussing an influenza drug so recent that you might not have even heard of it. It's called Xofluza.
Last year, the FDA approved a brand new flu medication to fight the nasty seasonal illness, called Xofluza. Mountainside Medical Equipment is proud to be one of the few medical suppliers that have this medication in stock right now!
Xofluza was approved by the FDA in late October 2018, and was first tested in Japan during the 2017-2018 flu season. Xofluza is a flu treatment tablet that's indicated for the treatment of acute, uncomplicated influenza in patients who are 12 years of age and older, who have been symptomatic for no more than 48 hours. This antiviral medication is a single-dose tablet that attacks the flu virus rather than just treating symptoms.
Since 2008, Tamiflu has been the most common flu medication on the market, and similar to Xofluza, Tamiflu is prescribed for people who have been symptomatic for no more than 48 hours. Doctors say that Tamiflu will still be available, as Xofluza has only been tested on those age 12 and older.
Some doctors say that Xofluza's results are the quickest they have seen yet. Clinical testing has shown an average recovery from flu symptoms in just over 2 days! When you can't afford to halt your life for a week in bed, Xofluza is there.
Doctors stress that preventing yourself from getting the flu should always be your first priority. Prevention is key, and a way to do that is through the flu vaccination. Flu season peaks between December and February, which means that you're reading this right in the middle of influenza's most active time of the year. If you haven't moved forward on getting your flu shot, do so! But even your yearly flu shot, as important as it is, isn't a guarantee you won't catch this year's dominant strain of influenza.
This flu season marks the first in over 15 years where vaccine selection was delayed, specifically to allow additional monitoring of H3N2 viruses to identify the best candidate. It's not certain yet whether this postponement will affect the availability of the vaccine, but it speaks to the difficulty of the task that the most important strain to vaccinate against isn't always clear.
Flu vaccines are by no means a guarantee against the flu. Viruses shift rapidly, and one distinct version could increase in proportion after the year's vaccine has been chosen. That doesn't mean, however, that you should forgo your flu shot. Even if the most dominant form of any of these viruses is not the one targeted by the vaccine, that form is still out there and still has the potential to infect. But if you come down with the flu this winter, speak to your doctor about Xofluza!
Please consult with a medical professional to see if Xofluza is right for you. For more information on the new medication, please visit our website at www.mountainside-medical.com or call 1-888-687-4334 to speak with one of our friendly representatives.