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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. Shari Jackson
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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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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

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more