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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The World Health Organization is urging more discretion in which patients are prescribed anti-viral drugs for the flu. Experts believe that if countries use Tamiflu too liberally, that could lead to resistant viruses.

The Health Organization estimates as many as two billion people could get Swine Flu in the next two years. That's nearly one third of the world population. And they worry that people who need Tamiflu the most, won't be able to get it.

Pharmacy student Meghan Gettis said, "We need to keep the supply of Tamiflu reserved for our patients that really need the medication and those patients such as children less than five years of age and also people with pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, cancer, dialysis patients. Those are the patients that if they have the virus, need to be treated with Tamiflu."

Experts expect there will be an increase in Swine Flu cases in September. While seasonal flu vaccines will be ready in the next week or so, vaccines for the Swine Flu won't be ready until mid-October.

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