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transmission of flu virus

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
50 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: This is one of the reasons influenza vaccine has to be reformulated each year.

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
About a week: A person sheds the virus for about seven days.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
32 years experience Family Medicine
Virus: Flu virus will last on surfaces for about 24 hours.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
May be difficult: Rapid influenza testing by nasal swab, viral cultures, or retrospectively by serologic testing. There are many viral infections which can mimic influ ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Fete
Dr. Eric Fete answered
22 years experience Emergency Medicine
No: not at all. most of the time your body will fight off any virus and prevent you from getting sick:)
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Immunity & exposure.: Once infected the flu runs its course until treated early on by an antiviral medication. It is just the nature of the beast. Hope you feel better soon ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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Sick: Drink lots of fluid, rest and otc meds all help. If its the flu you can ask your doctor about Tamiflu (oseltamivir). Hang in there.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Not long: As you recover from influenza the body is building antibodies which attack and kill the virus.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
30 years experience Internal Medicine
Usually: An infection occurs on exposure to adequate infectious agent and an immune response that was inadequate to stop the infection. So any change in eithe ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Most often - yes.: Most people make it through the flu without antivirals or other medications.

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