Avian flu is an infection caused by a certain kind of avian influenza virus. In general, treatment with the antiviral medication oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza) may make the disease less severe, if you start taking the medicine within 48 hours after your symptoms start. Oseltamivir may also be prescribed for persons who live in the same house as those diagnosed with avian flu.
People with severe infection may need to be placed on a breathing machine. Experts recommend that persons diagnosed with avian flu be put in isolation. The reason behind this statement is because the virus of avian flu spread easily and it will increase number of sufferer.
Doctors also recommend that people for getting an influenza (flu) shot to reduce the chance of an avian flu virus mixing with a human flu virus, which would create a new virus that may easily spread.
In March 2011, one of the student from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia, has discovered an Avian Influenza H5N1 virus vaccine by using extract of Phaleria Macrocarpa (Mahkota Dewa) fruit. The vaccinne from the fruit consists of Saponin compound which effectiveness up to 87 percent to inhibit the development and growth of the virus. Just wait for official medicine of this innovation.