Are antibiotics usually given for the flu?

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  • Jim
    Lv 5
    8 months ago

    No- the flu is caused by a virus. Antibiotics only work on bacteria.

  • 8 months ago

    No. Not usually. Antibiotics only work on bacteria and the flu is a virus.

    But there are medications to help decrease the severity of the flu:

    like oseltamivir and Xofluza.

  • Roddy
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Since the flu is caused by a virus, antibiotics will be totally ineffective against it - they only work against bacterial infections.

  • Edna
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Antibiotics are never given for the flu; they would be useless.  Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. Flu is a virus.

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  • 8 months ago

    Yes, some doctors will prescribe antibiotics for the Flu to make you happy. Often the plabaco effect kicks in and you feel like your money was well spent. 

  • Tulip
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Antibiotics are for bacteria the flu is a virus so no

  • Eva
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    No. Antibiotics only work on bacteria, not on viruses.

  • 8 months ago

    No. The flu is caused by a virus. Antibiotics do not work on viruses, only on bacterial infection. If a person with flu gets a secondary bacterial infection, they may be prescribed antibiotics.

  • geezer
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    No .. FLU is caused by a VIRUS .. not BACTERIA.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    No. Antibiotics don’t affect viruses, and the flu is a virus. 

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