Fast flu relief on the horizon?

Posted at 3:31 PM, Sep 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 18:31:55-04

Faster relief from the flu could be just around the corner.

Studies are showing an experimental drug called Baloxavir can help ease flu symptoms within just a few days, much like Tamiflu.

Baloxavir also appears to clear the virus from the body in just one day.

The Food and Drug Administration could approve the drug by the end of this year.

Meanwhile, flu vaccines are already rolling out.  The nasal spray vaccine, FluMist, is also returning.

Last year’s flu season was particularly nasty, and the vaccine was only about 40-percent effective.

Still, experts say even if you do get sick, the vaccine can cut the chances of flu complications, including death. 

Last year, 180 children died as a result of the flu.