By Emily Campbell

What is Birdflu?
Transfer to Humans

How is Birdflu Treated?

There are two main ways to fight bird flu in humans, the first is by vaccination and the second is using antiviral medications such as Tamiflu or Relenza.

The vaccine cannot protect against the disease H5N1 however it will give some protection and should prevent recombination of avian with the human influenza virus. Those that are likely to be eligible for vaccination are people in direct risk to infection, either through working with poultry or with treating those who already have the virus.

However, these antiviral drugs are largely preventative, and so need to be taken in the early stages of the disease if they are to have any significant effect.