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Can catching the flu cause complications with my pregnancy?

Can catching the flu cause complications with my pregnancy?

Yes: Unfortunately the flu during pregnancy can be devastating. If you can get a flu shot, it is safe at any point in pregnancy although some like to wait until after 12wks. For whatever reason, the flu can become more invasive & produce lung failure and death more often in pregnancy.In my local I am aware of 2 we lost in one flu season. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What can I do to prevent my baby from catching the flu from me?

See details: Have the child vaccinated first of all. Speak to your pediatrician. Use gloves and a mask is you are near your baby and you actually do have the flu. The best prevention is to have someone else assume care of the child if you are actively infected. ...Read more

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I accidentally ate after someone who's been exposed to H1 N1 flu. She's been vaccinated. I have not. What are the chances of catching the flu from her?

I accidentally ate after someone who's been exposed to H1 N1 flu. She's been vaccinated. I have not. What are the chances of catching the flu from her?

Next to zero.: If she is immune to the virus, and isn't sick with it, she can't pass it to you. You might be exposed elsewhere however, through other contacts, so I suggest you also get vaccinated as soon as you are able. ...Read more

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Can a baby pass away from catching the flu?

Can a baby pass away from catching the flu?

It happens: We loose more to flu at the extremes of age, very old or young. However, most cases respond to proper hydration and rest.I've hospitalized a few infants with the flu but all did well. I did loose a mom who died shortly after her baby was delivered (baby did fine). Flu shots for those that can get them can reduce a babies risk of exposure. ...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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What is the likelihood of me catching the flu after I've been exposed to it?

What is the likelihood of me catching the flu after I've been exposed to it?

That depends: Did someone cough in your face? If you touched person/ surfaces did you wash hands well before touching eyes/ mucus membranes? What is your immune system like. ...Read more

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Please tell me what's the likelihood of me catching the flu after i've been exposed to it?

Please tell me what's the likelihood of me catching the flu after i've been exposed to it?

That depends on: Things like: how intimate the exposure was. For instance standing 6 feet away from someone is different than hugging someone. Having someone cough on you would put you at risk. How often do you wash your hands? Have you had your flu shot? Do you wash your hands before you touch your mouth, nose or eyes? ...Read more

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What suggestions can you give to keep from catching the flu while being in contact with a sick baby?

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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What is the best way to build your immune system up so you stop catching the flu?

What is the best way to build your immune system up so you stop catching the flu?

Healthy Living: Don’t smoke, eat healthy (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low in saturated fat), exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, control your blood pressure, drink alcohol in moderation, get adequate sleep, and practice good hygiene (washing hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly). Make sure to have regular check-ups with doctor and try to reduce stress, this can wreak havoc on immunity. ...Read more

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How come it difficult to prevent humans catching the flu using vaccinations?

How come it difficult to prevent humans catching the flu using vaccinations?

Well, there are: Are different types of influenza ; the viruses can mutate. The vaccination you receive may or may not be a match to the influenza virus that you are exposed to. ...Read more

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How do I prevent my 3 month old baby from catching the flu from me?

How do I prevent my 3 month old baby from catching the flu from me?

Hygeine: Wash your hands, don't sneeze or cough on the baby. Number one is breast feeding! stay hydrated and rest as much as you can to take care of yourself. Even though you have the flu you are making antibodies to it and passing them through breast milk to protect your baby. You can also check out a chinese herbaceutical called air that helps. Look at www.Franzcenter.Com under chinese herbaceuticals. ...Read more

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Whats the best way to build your immune system up to stop from catching the flu/sick stomache or other stuff?

Healthy diet: Healthy diets and lifestyles are important. Do not use street drugs or tobacco and use alcohol only in moderation. Also of importance - wash your hands frequently. ...Read more

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My baby boy is 6+ month now (is that influenza vaccination good for him at this age so that i can protect him from flu and complication....Is it safe)?

My baby boy is 6+ month now (is that influenza vaccination good for him at this age so that i can protect him from flu and complication....Is it safe)?

It's good!: The flu can make some people much sicker than others. It can lead to pneumonia, ; make existing medical conditions worse. It can cause diarrhea ; seizures in infants/children. Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, ; many more are hospitalized. The flu vaccine is the best protection we have-esp against its complications. It helps prevent spread to/from others. It's safe. ...Read more

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6days ago, i went to see a doctor after catching the flu from the on and off of the aircon in the office. I get irritating coughs and short of breath?

6days ago, i went to see a doctor after catching the flu from the on and off of the aircon in the office.  I get irritating coughs and short of breath?

asthma: Sounds you like you have asthma. Cigarette smoke will greatly worsen your symptoms and i strongly urge you to stop immediately. You might benefit from a bronchodilator medication: in the usa, you would need to see a physician for that to be prescribed. ...Read more

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An ENT did a culture which tested positive for H influenza bacteria in my sinuses. Is this a different organism than the one that causes the flu?

An ENT did a culture which tested positive for H influenza bacteria in my sinuses. Is this a different organism than the one that causes the flu?

Yes, different: Haemophilus influenzae is a typical bacteria type to cause sinus infection. The "flu" is caused by the virus (not bacteria) influenza, of which there are a number of types. Flu viruses do not respond to antibiotics like bacteria do and, in a healthy person, will resolve without medication except to treat the symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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


Dr. Mark Diamond
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