A 49-year-old member asked:
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what happens if someone in your household has the flu, is it too late to get a flu shot?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Influenza: It usually takes about two weeks for the Flu shot to provide you with protection. But antivirals (Tamiflu, Relenza, (zanamivir) Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness.
Answered on Oct 18, 2014

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