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A repeat – since we are in the throes of influenza season right now, and this is a particularly controversial issue. Many emergency medicine FOAM bloggers have argued against the use of oseltamivir, such as here. But, the CDC continues to recommend it for high risk patients presenting with < 48 hours of symptoms, citing their reasoning here. To complicate things further, the “definition” of influenza-like illness basically includes nearly all kids seen in the ED in the wintertime – fever and cough or sore throat, and point-of-care tests are not very sensitive.