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Doctor insights on: Can You Get The Flu More Than One Time A Season

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Influenza (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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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? .

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

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Can u get the flu virus more than once in the season?

Can u get the flu virus more than once in the season?

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

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Can u get the flu and the vometing bug at the same time?

Can u get the flu and the vometing bug at the same time?

Flu can cause vomiti: Inflenza virus infection can cause vomiting so it does not have to be from another virus
it is from the same influenza virus and is not that uncommon in patients with influenza. ...Read more

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I always get the flu very often, like 6 times per year. Why?

I always get the flu very often, like 6 times per year. Why?

Not all are flu: It' s not the flu or influenza. It may be a different condition, allergy for example or a flu- like disease caused by other different viruses or bacteria. ...Read more

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Is it bad to get the flu and cough 5 or 6 times a year?

Is it bad to get the flu and cough 5 or 6 times a year?

Maybe.: It is not unusual for people to get cold/flu multiple times a year. Usually a cold virus. You are more likely if u smoke or have chronic lung problems. Make sure you get your flu shot, wash your hands after contacting it hers especially if they are sick. And if you smoke stop. ...Read more

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How common is myocarditis? Should I be worried every time I get the flu?

How common is myocarditis? Should I be worried every time I get the flu?

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 ...Read more

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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 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?

Cold: Cough can cause chest pain due to muscular shaky motions it produces. Some colds tend to linger. Of all cold symptoms, the most lingering is cough. Tobacco use only makes it worse. ...Read more

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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 +

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

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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

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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

Can still have flu: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) decreases the possibility of infection but you could have been infected with the flu before even starting the medicine, but just had not started showing symptoms yet. ...Read more

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Can a one year old get the flu shot while on antibiotics for an ear infection?

Can a one year old get the flu shot while on antibiotics for an ear infection?

Yes: It may not be the best time to get a flu shot, but if the child us well recovered from the ear infection, this may be done. A pediatrician will usually wait til a child is symptom free before this is done ...Read more

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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: 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

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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

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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?

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

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When is the best time to get a flu shot? Early or mid flu season. By getting it early does the vaccine not wane?

Vaccine: The flu vaccine will result in immunization to that strain of the influenza virus. It is not like an antibiotic that is metabolized in your system once you take it. ...Read more

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Can you get the flu pneumonia rom someone that has it?

Can you get the flu pneumonia rom someone that has it?

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

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Can you get the flu from the vaccine if inactivated?

Can you get the flu from the vaccine if inactivated?

No: You cannot get the flu from a dead germ. The injectable forms of the flu vaccine are dead. The nasal spray has a weakened live germ & some folks have problems with it. ...Read more

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How might you get the flu to leave faster?

Antiviral medication: In some situations antiviral medications (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. ...Read more

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Why should you get the flu shot every year?

Why should you get the flu shot every year?

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

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When should you get the flu shot this year?

When should you get the flu shot this year?

As soon as available: The seasonal flu vaccine will be effective within 2 weeks of administration & last all season regardless of when obtained. My office crew & I got ours in early august. ...Read more

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Why do you get a fever when you get the flu?

Why do you get a fever when you get the flu?

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

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Need to know do you get the flu from the flu shot?

Need to know do you get the flu from the flu shot?

Not from injection: The injected flu vaccine is a killed derivative of flu germs. You cannot get flu from dead viruses. The nasal spray is a weakened flu germ & rarely someone can have a flu like process with that weakened material. ...Read more

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If you get the flu shot, what is the chance that you will get the flu?

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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Can you get the flu even though you had gotten the vaccine?

Can you get the flu even though you had gotten the vaccine?

Yes: Not everybody develops an adequate immune response to the vaccine, you may be infected with a different strain of virus than the one contained in the vaccine, or you may have an influenzal-like illness which is unrelated to the virus. ...Read more