WHO: No Tamiflu if healthy with swine flu

August 21, 2009 8:43:22 AM PDT
The World Health Organization says healthy people who catch swine flu don't need antiviral drugs like Tamiflu.In new advice issued to health officials on Friday, the U.N. agency said doctors don't need to give Tamiflu to healthy people who have mild to moderate cases of swine flu.

WHO said the drug should definitely be used to treat people in risk groups who get the virus. That includes children less than five years old, pregnant women, people over age 65 and those with other health problems like heart disease, HIV or diabetes.

The new advice contradicts government policies such as those in Britain, which has been giving out Tamiflu to all people suspected of having swine flu.