- Recent developments should help with the shortage of children's doses of the antiviral drug Tamiflu, often prescribed to flu sufferers. In the past two weeks, Walgreens and Wal-Mart have begun allowing their pharmacists to convert adult doses to children's doses through a process called compounding, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- The CDC updated guidelines on use of Tamiflu this week, recommending doctors no longer wait for positive lab tests to prescribe the antiviral to treat flulike symptoms.
- Parents in the Midlands should expect to receive vaccine permission forms and explanation packets from schools in the next few weeks. Voluntary school vaccine programs could begin as early as Nov. 2.
- Hospitalization rates for swine flu in South Carolina have been nearly 30 times higher for people ages 5-24 than for those 65 and older, according to DHEC.
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- The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission have sent a warning letter to drweil.com, a Web site accused of illegal marketing of unapproved products to prevent, treat and cure swine flu.
- A study found 23.6 percent of swine flu deaths were in ages 24 and younger, 64.8 percent were in ages 25-64 and 11.6 percent were in ages 65 and older. In a typical seasonal flu season, nearly 90 percent of deaths are in ages 65 and older.