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Can You Get The Flu More Than One Time A Season
I am having flu symptoms. Is it possible to get the flu when it's not flu season? I have been experiencing aches, fever, and coughing. I am thinking it might be the flu, but can you get the flu all year round? I thought it was only active during the fall
Yes,: Yes, the flu season was late in establishing itself this year. It is possible to get the flu the year round. ...Read more
Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more
I had h2n3 during the 2012-2013 fu season. That’s the sickest I’ve ever been. I get the flu shot early but does that mean I have some natural immunity?
Could be true.: You may have some level of immunity against the H2N3 variant based on your illness with that variant back in the 2012-2013 season. There’s a bit of cross-immunity which may provide you a bit of immunity against similar strains, too. But it’s always good to get vaccinated anyway to really be safe. ...Read more
I've already had the flu this season. Should I still get a flu shot anyway? If I've already had the flu, should I get the flu shot too? Is there a chance I might get it again if I don't have the shot? .
The: The flu vaccine is different each year. A great deal of research goes into determing what viruses are likely to be a problem each year. So you could develop one type of viral infection (including influenza), but it may not be the same strain of influenza that you would be vaccinated against. So, yes, it can be helpful. ...Read more
Yes: The flu can be caused by different strains of influenza virus. That's why a flu shot has more than one type of attenuated strain. It is possible to get the flu from different viruses, and a flu shot may not protect you from some different strain that you are infected from. So you could get the flu more than once, and from a different strain. ...Read more
I got my previous influenza vaccination done in the month of november 2016 so can I get my new influenza vaccination done in september 2017 as the flu season have started in my country?
Recommend: Getting your annual influenza vaccine as soon at that year's vaccine has been made available to the public. ...Read more
Get influenza: Vaccine as soon as it is made available in your country. ...Read more
I have severe pain in my chest everytime I cough. And whenever I get the flu. The cough always takes time too long to get better. Is this normal?
I am looking for honest"personal"opinions on flu shots? Never had one get the flu every year lasts a week, I get on with life. I hear a lot of - and no +
Influenza: As a young strong healthy young man, you may never have had the flu! It can be miserable - high fever, shaking chills, body pains. Reasons to protect yourself - not missing a week's salary, not infecting elderly friends and relatives, as well as babies and small children. As a physician, I cannot be out of commission during flu season. ...Read more
Is it safe to get the flu and pneumonia shots at the same time or do they have to be given seprately? I am 6 months pregnant and have severe asthma.
Yes & no: "everyone" agrees that women who are pregnant during flu season should get attenuated flu shot (not nasal spray): http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/influenza/an00651. However, there's a bit more conflict re Pneumovax in pregnancy but it appears to be safe to lower risk of pneumonia: http://goo. Gl/uemcgp & http://goo. Gl/1k45v. Talk to your OB & family doc for their opinions. In general very safe. ...Read more
Can one still get the flu if taking tamiflu (oseltamivir) to prevent it? My husband had it last wkend, I took full script, have fever of101. 5&headaches since tues
The flu: get the shot or not? Is it normal or not to never really get the full on flu? In fact, the only time I've ever even got the flu is when I get the shot. The worst I've ever gotten is a little bug during cold season, and that's even rare. The rea
The cdc (center for disease contriol) and fda recommends that the flu shot is for everyone. The great fear is that there may be a flu pandemic, that occurs without warning.
The flu shot is not going to prevent you from having a cold or minor respiratory illness. It is hoped that it will protect you from the flu, characterized by fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, severe fatigue which might make it bedridden even for weeks. The flu is often complicated by a secondry bacterial pneumonia which can be lethal. During world war i, the spanish flu killed more soldiers than were killed by bombs, bullets or chemical weapons. It killed healthy soldiers in training camps. Most people have had colds, few have actually had the flu.
Everyone is different and can opt in or out of getting the flu shot.
Be safe, get a flu shot. ...Read more
Should I still get a usa flu shot when planning to stay overseas during flu season or do I need to get one in europe?
Flu shot: If you will be travelling to europe during a season when you expect influenza to be active, it is advisable to get the flu shot at least 2 - 3 weeks before your flight to give your body enough time to increase your antibody levels against the flu. This applies to everybody from age 9 years. ...Read more
When is the best time of the year to get a flu shot? Flu season of course, but doesn't the effectiveness wane if received too early?
Sept or early: Oct best times. It will peak and then slowly decline in effectiveness as the flu season winds down ...Read more
When is the best time to get a flu shot? Early or mid flu season. By getting it early does the vaccine not wane?
Yes.: Most infections have a period where the person is contagious to those around them in various ways like coughing, sneezing etc. If you are in close proximity to this person you are more likely to get what they have. ...Read more
Reality: The flu virus is well known for mutating frequently which makes prior vaccines less helpful. There are also 4-6+ strains circulating the globe at any point and air travel spreads them easily. Each year they pick the top 3-4 strains (by frequency) & put them into the shot. More would weaken strength for individual strains. If you get the shot every year (I do) you increase your chances for it to work ...Read more
Response to virus: Fever is a symptom and reaction of the body to try and eliminate the infection. I view it as raising the thermostat to overheat the body and "cook it out". Too high fever (105-106) can actually be counter productive so him fevers need to be reduced. ...Read more
Depends on strain: At any given time there are possibly as many as 6-7 strains of flu circulating in different parts of the world. The flu vaccine that is developed every year relies on international surveillance to select the 3 most common strains to be included in the vaccine. More than 3 diminishes the effectiveness. Air travel can bring any strain to your local & if exposed to a non- vaccine strain, u may get it. ...Read more
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