Ineffective flu drug loses effectiveness

Tamiflu doesn't work? Tell me something I don't know!

It's already one of the most ineffective "treatments" on the planet -- but World Health Organization researchers claim it's now completely ineffective against at least one strain of swine flu in Australia.

Yawn.

You'll have to excuse me for not getting worked up over this -- because Tamiflu is barely more effective than wishful thinking even in the best of times, cutting symptoms by about a day or so.

And even then, it only "works" if you take the med within 2 days of the first symptoms.

Since most people don't even make it to the doctor unless they've been sick for several days, that makes Tamiflu about as useful against flu as an empty tissue box.

But the WHO researchers are ready to turn this into a full-blown panic, claiming that this might be especially bad for seniors, who could face a higher risk of flu complications without the drug.

I guess these scientists haven't been keeping up with the science -- because a major review from the Cochrane Collaboration found that Tamiflu may do zippo for flu complications anyway.

It doesn't lower the risk of respiratory infections, pneumonia or anything else -- and it comes with a risk of side effects that can be every bit as bad as the flu itself: nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea.

It's also been linked to severe allergic reactions, confusion, hallucinations and bizarre behavior -- especially in children.

I'll take the flu over that any day!

Let me tell you what's really going on here: This has been an incredibly mild flu season -- yet again -- so no one's getting vaccinated. But if people hear flu drugs don't work, maybe they'll run out and get a flu shot after all.

But you don't need a vaccine to avoid the flu... and you certainly don't need Tamiflu to beat it if you do happen to catch the virus, no matter what strain it is.

Try chicken soup and vitamin D instead.