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how common is myocarditis? should i be worried every time i get the flu?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
Uncommon!: "Myocarditis" is . thankfully, very uncommon and you should NOT be worried every time you get flu BTW GET A FLU SHOT!! BE WISE...IMMUNIZE Hope this helps Dr Z
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Worry won't help: Any time we get ill we need to be careful and take good ca re of ourselves. Any viral or infectious illness could cause myocarditis, potentially. (All germs don't cause the same things in everybody). We feel crummy when we are sick. As long as nothing that we don't expect happens during the course of the illness, rest and eat properly. Time enough to worry about rare complications if get worse

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How do babies get the flu?

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Dr. Scott Tomaine
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Person to person: The flu is spread like any other cold virus, through close contact with an infected person. The flu, however, can have more serious complications than "the common cold." the best way to prevent from getting the flu is to wash your hands well and get vaccinated. If your baby is over 6 months, he or she should be vaccinated, and if under 6 months, all caregivers should get the vaccine.
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Can I nurse if I have the flu?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Yes: Absoutely yes! there is no problem with you nursing while you are sick or specifically have the flu. In fact, the baby will get some immune protection from you in the form of specific antibodies in the breast milk. As long as you are careful to cover your mouth and wash your hands thoroughly before and after feeding you should be fine.
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How do I know if my baby has the flu?

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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Specializes in Pediatrics
Symptom list: The respiratory flu, or influenza, follows what physicians call a constellation of symptoms. This means there is a pattern or list of common symptoms. It includes runny nose, high fever, irritability and cough. A more detailed list is available at the CDC website, but those are the symptoms most frequently seen in children. Testing is available, but is not as reliable as we would like.
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What should I do when my baby gets the flu?

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Dr. Ruben Nazario
Specializes in Pediatrics
Fever control, fluids: The symptoms of the flu can range from mild to serious. If your baby has the flu, make sure he or she is taking fluids well and that you can control high fevers with appropriate doses of Acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Signs that indicate your baby is getting sicker include rapid breathing, decreased number of wet diapers (which could indicate dehydration), and decreased activity level.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is gbs, and how common is it among people who have been vaccinated against seasonal influenza?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Rare: In the USA Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) occurs in about 1 to 2 per 100, 000 regardless of immunization status. GBS can be triggered by viral & bacterial infections. Modern influenza vaccine is thought to increase the incidence of GBS by 1 in a million, or less. Remember that between 3,000 to 49,000 people die each year from influenza. The risk is much less for vaccine than influenza disease.

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