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What to do if I have asthma and have caught the flu (influenza)?

What to do if I have asthma and have caught the flu (influenza)?

See doc: If you are having an asthma attack after contracting the flu, you may need a short course of cortisone. Each exacerabation is associated with loss in lung function if not controlled in time. Do see your doc ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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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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Which of the following diseases would you consider to be endemic- sars, aids, flu, influenza or cancer?

Which of the following diseases would you consider to be endemic- sars, aids, flu, influenza or cancer?

All except SARS: Hiv/aids, flu, influenza and cancer all occur on a regular basis and by definition are endemic. There was an epidemic of sars and a sars like illness in now present in the middle east. ...Read more

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How are swine flu or influenza and normal flu or influenza distinguished from each other?

How are swine flu or influenza and normal flu or influenza distinguished from each other?

They are all type A: Flu viruses, whether designated as swine or avian depends on where the virus primarily originated. All type a influenza viruses can interchange parts of their RNA with other type a flus. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bird flu(avian influenza)?

What are the symptoms of bird flu(avian influenza)?

H5N1 avian influenza: Causes a severe influenza transmitted directly from infected birds or their droppings to humans. The disease is generally a severe, progressive respiratory disease with a 50% mortality rate. Fortunately, it does not easily spread from person to person. ...Read more

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What is the most dangerous strain of the flu or influenza?

What is the most dangerous strain of the flu or influenza?

Avian flu: Avian flu is the kind that in recent asian outbreaks had the highest mortality rate; swine flu was less severe, but still had higher morbidity and mortality than regular winter flu (because we usually have some immunity from our past exposure to regular winter flu). ...Read more

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1 year girl, got flu after influenza shot. She has cold, fever and nose runs for weeks. Help?

1 year girl, got flu after
influenza shot. She has cold, fever and nose runs for weeks. Help?

Likely unrelated: Only the living nasal flu vaccine is capable of triggering some form of flu like symptoms.The shot is dead material that some can have a reaction to but not an infection.Fever lasting weeks is likely a more significant issue like an ear infection. She needs to see a health professional for proper diagnosis/treatment. ...Read more

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Upset stomach,nausea,body aches,cough,headache an chills. Stomach flu or influenza?

Upset stomach,nausea,body aches,cough,headache an chills. Stomach flu or influenza?

Hard to say: without running some tests . Best to get treated by your family physician to come to a specific diagnosis and treatment plans . ...Read more

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How to want to remove influenza(flu)..?

How to want to remove influenza(flu)..?

If you have Flu: hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed w/n first couple of days of sx’s to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Can influenza flu cause myocarditis months later?

Yes: But usually it develops weeks after the episode of respiratory symptoms. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Is it ok for someone to get influenza (the flu) 2-3 times every year?!

Influenza: No. Many other viruses are there which can give like influenza like symptoms. ...Read more

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What has been done to control or eliminate the possible spread of the avian influenza (bird flu)?

What has been done to control or eliminate the possible spread of the avian influenza (bird flu)?

Low risk: This is not transmitted from person to person at this time, so only the rare occurrence of close contact with infected birds has resulted in human disease. Many birds have been sacrificed to limit spread in the poultry industry when it's been identified. ...Read more

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Why do you have to get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) every year?

Why do you have to get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) every year?

Influenza vaccine: Influenza virus changes each year therefore every year new vaccines are made to cover the most likely circulating strains of the virus. ...Read more

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