Question of the day: I have the flu. My doctor said to ask you if I should put my children on Tamiflu.
Answer: Tamiflu, can reduce the chance of getting the flu after an known exposure, but it does not decrease the risk of serious influenza-associated complications. Tamiflu often causes vomiting in children, and has some less common, more serious reactions as well. On the whole, we do not recommend routine use of Tamiflu for a healthy child whose parent has the flu. If your child is immunosuppressed the risk-benefit ratio changes and should be discussed with the pediatrician.