Rest and medications to reverse the fever such as acetaminophen(Tylenol) and or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) are given to reduce the symptoms. Patients are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids. Antiviral medications can be given but should be started within 40 hours of symptoms. Each year the effectiveness of these drugs changes and selection is based on the type of influenza and the resistance of the virus. The two antivirals recommended by the CDC are oseltamivir (Tamiflu)and zanamivir (Relenza). These medications can also be given to prevent the disease after an exposure (prophylaxis). Yearly flu vaccine is the most important step in protecting against the flu viruses. Most urgent care centers, retail clinics and pharmacies can administer a flu shot. Use our provider search function to find the closet available location near you.