Tamiflu? Or Nah?
The CDC estimates that 7 million people received antiviral treatment for influenza in 2019. The most well known of these is Tamiflu, which we now know can cause severe GI distress, mental illness (including suicidal behaviors) and Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Google that one. I dare you. According to published research, manufacturer's statements and respected institutions such as The Cleveland Clinic and The Mayo Clinic, Tamiflu can reduce the length of illness by approximately ONE day. The Cochrane Collaboration questions the clinical utility of Tamiflu, given the obvious inequity in cost/benefit analysis. Read also: you may reduce the length of fever and body ache but suffer GI upset (or worse) instead. Tamiflu is also very expensive with a price tag over $100. Yeah...No. I don't think so. I encourage all of you to do your own research on these things.
On the flip side, we have elderberry syrup that offers a significant reduction in upper respiratory symptoms and FOUR day reduction in the length of symptoms, according to published studies. It should be noted that the consumption of raw uncooked elderberries is not recommended and could result in GI distress. However, when properly prepared, elderberry syrup is a safe, affordable and likely more effective alternative to antivirals.