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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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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What is the influenza type of virus?

What is the influenza type of virus?

Orthomyxoviridae: Influenza family of viruses (3 major ones- a, b, c) belong in the orthomyxoviridae family of single-stranded, segmented RNA viruses. Influenza a infects humans, birds, and certain mammals. It causes all flu pandemics. Influenza b virus is less common than influenza a, though it can infect seals. Influenza c virus infects humans and pigs, but is much less common, causing milder disease. ...Read more

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I was in the hospital for 8 days with strep, which turned to toxic shock and influenza,sepsis,2 types of pneumonia. 1month, still coughing.how long??

I was in the hospital for 8 days with strep, which turned to toxic shock and influenza,sepsis,2 types of pneumonia. 1month, still coughing.how long??

Weeks: Provided you are not having fevers chills night sweats you are in the healing phase. The illness you had was severe not routine pneumonia by any standard. After pneumonia its not uncommon to have shortness of breathe and a cough for several weeks after. Some extend beyond a month ...Read more

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Can you tell me if an influenza virus encodes more than 1 hemagglutinin and/or neuraminidase (i.E: of different types) how would that virus be named?

Can you tell me if an influenza virus encodes more than 1 hemagglutinin and/or neuraminidase (i.E: of different types) how would that virus be named?

Flu viruses: The study of influenza or 'the flu' can get very complicated quite quickly. These viruses consist of genetic elements that can 'mix and match' with other flu viruses (such as bird flu). So although generally each virus is only coding for one H and one N - they could shuffle things about with a different virus. We call this reassortment. The naming system is quite complex- and there are 18 Hs, 11Ns ...Read more

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How could i not get influenza?

How could i not get influenza?

Hygiene: Since you can't live in a bubble, keep away form people who you know have the flu, wash your hands, cover your cough and sneeze and get the flu shot ! ...Read more

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How can I keep from spreading influenza?

Basic stuff: First, get vaccinated so you don't get it in the first place. But if you do get it, stay home, wash your hands often, sneeze into your arm rather than your hand, and avoid touching or kissing people. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my influenza go away?

How fast can I make my influenza go away?

Antiviral: In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, 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. 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! ...Read more

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If someone close to me has influenza an now I am very sick does that mean I have it now?

If someone close to me has influenza an now I am very sick does that mean I have it now?

You might have flu: Your contact with someone with influenza does put you at risk of developing an influenza infection. However, many other microbes (viruses, bacteria) can cause influenza like symptoms. Only laboratory testing can confirm if you have an influenza infection. ...Read more

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How do I prevent influenza?

How do I prevent influenza?

Flu prevention: The best way to keep from getting flu is to maintain good hand hygiene. Regular handwashing and/or use of hand wipes or gels if you cannot get to soap and water, goes a long way in minimizing your risk of acquiring infection. Try to do this after handling objects in public places. Getting the annual flu shot may also minimize your risk. ...Read more

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I've had the same "influenza-like" illness 5 times in less than a year....Should i be worried?

See below: Most likely not, but if concerned, see your doc for an evaluation to give more info than given here. ...Read more

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How many forms of influenza exist?

3: Influenza a, b, c. The first two are the most common in humans. The virus mutates all the time and so a new vaccine is necessary every year based on predictions of what the top subtypes or serotypes will be. The vaccine has two a subtypes and one b. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for influenza?

What do you recommend for influenza?

Prevention with shot: Prevention is the best answer. Although the flu vaccine isn't 100%, it offers your best chance of avoiding or getting a milder case of influenza. If you have influenza and you've been sick <48hr, your doctor might prescribe tamiflu (oseltamivir). Influenza ususally lasts 7-10days, and tamiflu (oseltamivir) only reduces the duration by 1-2 days, so even with tamiflu (oseltamivir), you won't feel better quickly, but may be less severe. ...Read more

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Influenza symptoms&its protection ?

Influenza  symptoms&its protection
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Fast and can be bad: Fever, chills, achiness, cough, congestion, headache, sorethroat starting about 18-72 hours after exposure and u become contagious starting just around onset of symptoms or a bit before and continue for about 5-10 days. Young children may shed for longer period of time. With appropriate treatment/med, shedding should stop in about 72 hours. Prevention is key--vaccination & handwashing.. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how someone get influenza?

Transmission: The flu virus is dispersed as droplets in the air when a person talks, sings, coughs or sneezes. You can than inhale those droplets & become infected. Or the droplets may contaminate an item which you touch. If you then go on to touch your eyes, mouth or nose you can become infected. ...Read more