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A 29-year-old member asked:

how do you know when to be hospitalized when you have influenza type b?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
When your doc says: When to be hospitalized is a decision that only your doctor can make based on not only your symptoms but also your overall history and health. In this case, the reasons for hospitalization would likely revolve around supporting your respiratory function. Don't try to be your own doctor. If you're having problems, go see your doc right away.
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
You Don't...: ...But your doctor or the emergency room doctor usually do. Just having influenza does not necessitate a hospital admission.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Doctor will decide: Most influenza doesn't require hospitalization; patients feel terrible, have severe fatigue, body aches, fever and cough. Influenza can be complicated by secondary infections or underlying health problems like young/old age, heart, respiratory disease, etc. If you doctor suggest hospitalization, i would encourage you to his advise. Influenza can be serious or fatal.

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Are some people more likely to get the flu than others?

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Is there a way to know for sure that you have the flu?

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If I drink a lot, am I more susceptable to getting the flu?

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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
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Yes: Alcohol is a sugar. Sugars being acidic slow down enzymes systems throughtout the body including those responsible for the immune system and thereby make you more susceptibel to infections.

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