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is there a cure for the swine flu aka: h1n1 influenza a?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Antivirals: There are antiviral medications which can modify and shorten the duration and severity of influenza, but no cure other than allowing it to run its course and become immune to that strain. A better idea would be to maintain your immunity through vaccination yearly.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is being done about MRSA infections associated with influenza?

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 21 years experience
Many things: #1 is prevention of influenza with vaccination, proper hand hygiene & cough etiquette.Early diagnosis of flu & treatment within the first 48 hours of symptoms may help.Knowing if you are colonized with mrsa/mssa & attempting de-colonization may help.Early recognition & appropriate antibiotics for mrsa/mssa following flu is crucial. In the future: an anti-toxin against mrsa/mssa pvl-toxin may help?
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is swine flu related to food poisoning?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
No: Diferent symptoms, different set of germs, different mechanism of disease, different means of infection. Swine flu has fever, cough, profound fatigue, transmitted by droplet/respiratory, i.e. Cough, or exposure to virus on surfaces like doorknobs. Food poisoning/gastroenteritis can be viral, bacterial. Usually requires ingestion, but surface exposure can do it too. Wash hands, use purell type.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Are you still susceptible to swine flu when you have had the injection for swine flu?

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 21 years experience
Maybe: All influenza vaccines (swine flu or seasonal) are most effective at reducing the degree of illness (how sick you get) from flu. The vaccines reduce spread of the virus from person to person, help avoid staying home from work, avoid hospitalization & reduce flu deaths. If you get flu, most likely the vaccine helped to reduce the severity of your illness & prevented spread of your flu to loved ones.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Does h1n1 vaccination contain antibiotics?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No: No, there are no antibiotics in any vaccine. Vaccines have components to stimulate your immune system to protect against future infections and do not contain any antobiotics to treat current problems.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Is there any risk associated with the h1n1 vaccine?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes, of course: Yes, all vaccines have risks. The vast majority of that risk is limited to simple side effects such as fever, malaise, swelling, reddness and pain. The h1n1 vaccine has no more significant of a side effect profile as any other vaccine otherwise. There has been no proven link to any other serious problem such as guillain-barre, autism, etc for h1n1 vaccine.

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