A number of countries have reported cases of avian influenza, commonly referred to as bird flu
in their domestic and wild bird populations. In addition, there continues to be a number of confirmed cases of bird-to-human transmissions of avian influenza
, many of which have resulted in death.
A specific vaccine for humans that is effective in preventing avian influenza is not yet readily available. Based upon limited data, the CDC has suggested that the anti-viral medication Oseltamivir (brand name Tamiflu
) may be effective in treating avian influenza.
The US federal government is building up its own supply of Tamiflu. It has 5.5 million courses in reserve, with another 12.4 million more of Tamiflu and 1.75 million courses of another anti-viral drug on order.
But it's not economically feasible to buy enough doses for the entire population. To protect yourself and the family you can buy Tamiflu