POSTED: Friday, January 9, 2009 - 5:24pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:00am
TEXAS-Experts say they have just discovered that the most common type of flu this season is resistant to the leading drug, Tamiflu. And scientists say they're not sure why.
In a normal flu season, there are usually three strains of the flu that circulate. The most common flu bug right now in Texas is the one resistant to Tamiflu. Health officials say the flu kills about 36,000 people each year. Most vulnerable are the elderly, young children and people with chronic illnesses.
If you are tested for the flu and a Tamiflu-resistant strain is suspected, your doctor can prescribe a similar drug called Relenza.