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Local health providers using caution in prescribing antiviral drugs for flu


WILLMAR — With influenza laying siege to much of the United States, local doctors are fielding dozens of requests from sick patients for antiviral drugs.

The medication might not be right for everyone, though.

Vulnerable high-risk patients are the ones who benefit the most from antiviral medication and are the best candidates to receive it, said Dr. Ken Flowe, chief medical officer at Rice Memorial Hospital and a physician in Rice’s emergency room.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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