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When I get fever, body pains, etc…, does the fever cause the body pains or does the flu virus cause the body pains?

When I get fever, body pains, etc…, does the fever cause the body pains or does the  flu virus cause the body pains?

No pain due to fever: Fever is part of the body's response to infection, mediated by the release of chemicals (cytokines) from inflammatory cells directed against the agent causing infection. The same is at least partially true for the muscle pain, although there may be some breakdown of muscle cells by the virus (myositis). ...Read more

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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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Can the flu virus cause an imbalance with depression medication?

Can the flu virus cause an imbalance with depression medication?

See below: I don' t think that normally this should occur but if the illness affected the liver or brain, then i suppose an imbalence could occur. ...Read more

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Is it possible to exterminate the flu virus for good?

No: You may develop immunity to one or more types of influenza virus by having been infected or immunized, but this virus undergoes regular changes in its make-up and the new strain present in the community can infect you even if you are immune to other strains. On the other hand, if you are asking about recovery from infection, when you recover you will rid of that strain of flu virus. ...Read more

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How would you know the flu virus is leaving your system?

How would you know the flu virus is leaving your system?

7-10 days: Viral shedding in influenza will usually stop 7 days after the start of illness. In children the viral shedding can be somewhat longer. ...Read more

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Is there a way to completely protect your child(ren) from the flu virus?

No: Yearly vaccinations are the best way although they are not 100% effective. Avoid those people who are infected and frequent hand washings help. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent the flu virus?

What can I do to prevent the flu virus?

Get vaccinated: Best way to avoid getting the flu is to take the flu vaccine (shot or nasal squirt). Also, avoid direct skin to skin contact with people who have it. Influenza is often transmitted after a simple handshake. Hand washing after contact with other people can block the spread. ...Read more

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Hi had the flu virus a week ago and now I've got it again lost half a stone in a week what can I take to make me feel better?

Hi had the flu virus a week ago and now I've got it again lost half a stone in a week what can I take to make me feel better?

Some hints: Force fluids x 8-10 glasses/day: 50% electrolyte rich fluids, 50% clear broth, bullion, consume .Warm water gargles, nasal saline mist, hot tea and honey, Hot steam showers, Cold-Eze Lozenges, Tylenol 1-2 TABLETS every 4-6 hours as needed for fever greater than 100. Tea with dark brown honey. OK to use Afrin, Dristan or 12 hour nasal spray for the next 48 hrs followed by nasal saline lavage. OK to use Robitussin DM 1-2 tsp. every 4-6 hrs.as needed for 2-3 days. Zyrtec 10mg 1/day. ...Read more

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What are some free remedies for the flu virus?

What are some free remedies for the flu virus?

Rest,fluids,soup: The "flu" is a bad bug.We recommend getting vaccinated to prevent this illness.To treat for "free" try increasing fluids , resting (important to prevent spread) and chicken noodle soup.Why? Because if mom, wife, partner makes it for you there is someone trying to make you better and this helps recovery.By the way-where are you seeing flu now? Our surveillance isn't showing this anywhere now. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be imune from the flu virus ? Everyone in my family has had the flu but I have never had the flu.

Is it possible to be imune from the flu virus ? Everyone in my family has had the flu but I have never had the flu.

Yes: You may be immune either from prior exposure without diagnosed infection, or may have previously received vaccine with the same or very similar strain of influenza virus that is affecting your family, or you could have been very cautious and not exposed, or you may have gotten it with minimal symptoms. Recommend yearly vaccination. ...Read more

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How do people get infected with the flu virus?

How do people get infected with the flu virus?

Many ways: Droplets.Someone coughs or sneezes in your vicinity and you inhale the virus.Hand touching is also a common method of transmission .Hand washing often is the most effective way to slow transmission. ...Read more

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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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What are the symptoms of the flu virus in a 3 year old child?

What are the symptoms of the flu virus in a  3 year old child?

Fever: Fever, cough, sore throat, generally not feeling well, achiness, being around those with flu. We see lots of colds that are actually flu. Kids do well with illnesses when their immune systems are strong. See your child's doctor and see if they rest for the flu if you are worried. ...Read more

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Hi docs, could your body fight off the flu virus without any medical intervention?

Hi docs, could your body fight off the flu virus without any medical intervention?

Yes: Bottom line is that most people (but not all) recover from influenza without medical intervention. Some people do take antiviral medications in the first 48 hours of sx's. ...Read more

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Does the flu shot actually make you sick? And does the nasal flu virus Mae you sick?

Does the flu shot actually make you sick? And does the nasal flu virus Mae you sick?

No: The flu shot is a dead virus. That being said your body will react to it and create an immune response to you will create antibodies against the virus. The nasal flu mist is a weakened virus. Again your body will attack it to create an immune response against the virus. If you have a weakened immune system then it is possible that the live nasal virus could make you sick. ...Read more

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I have thrush on my tongue is that due to having the flu virus?

I have thrush on my tongue is that due to having the flu virus?

Thrush: Adults do not generally get thrush without some predisposing factor. If you have not been on antibiotics recently or are having any difficulty eliminating this problem you may want to have your immune status examined and specifically exclude HIV as a source. ...Read more

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