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Can u get the stomach flu from the same virus twice in a row?

Can u get the stomach flu from the same virus  twice in a row?

Variant: Viruses mutate and can cause repeated illnesses, but are you sure this is the stomach flu? If your GI symptoms keep recurring, you may need to have them checked by a doctor. ...Read more

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I am recovering from the stomach flu. Can i get it again? Meaning 2x in a row

I am recovering from the stomach flu. Can i get it again? Meaning 2x in a row

Yes: There are many types of viruses that give you the stomach flu (gastroenteritis). In addition, there are many different serotypes of a given virus. You can develop immune memory to a given serotype, but that does not make you necessarily resistant to other serotypes. Thus, you can get the stomach flu again, and again, and again from either different viruses or serotypes. ...Read more

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Treating the Stomach Flu (Checklist)

See a doctor if you are vomiting/stooling uncontrollably
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Hydrate yourself to keep up with your losses. Water is best.
Daily
Practice good hand washing to help prevent spread of stomach viruses
Daily
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Can you tell me if i could get the stomach flu twice?

Can you tell me if i could get the stomach flu twice?

Yes: Yes, it is possible. It's not the "actual" flu, but another virus whose clinical entity is "gastroenteritis". ...Read more

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How often can you get the stomach flu in one month?

How often can you get the stomach flu in one month?

Depends: It obviosly depends on what you are calling "stomach flu". I suppose that it is vomiting and diarrhea. I can guarantee that it is far from normal and does need further investigation. I would guess that this is not an infection at all and is a direct reflection of a lousy diet. ...Read more

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Treating the Stomach Flu (Checklist)

Drink plenty of clear liquids
Once
Rest and relax as much as you can
Once
After 24 hours, slowly increase your diet to soft foods and increase
Once
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Can you get the stomach flu from playing basketball with someone who just has the flu?

Flu & basketball: Possibly. It all depends on whether the sick person (who is unwisely playing basketball) coughs on you, which is likely, particularly if you are guarding him or rebounding against him. I doubt that such a person would be wearing a mask. My advice would be to pass on the experience. ...Read more

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Help? I have been told you can get the stomach flu from your pet is that true?

Help? I have been told you can get the stomach flu from your pet is that true?

Pet to human: infections. Zoonoses effecting dogs that can be directly or indirectly transmitted to humans & that involve the GI tract of one or the other include: Salmonellosis (bacteria), Giardiasis (intestinal protozoa), Strongyloidiasis (parasite) & Campylobacter enteritis (bacteria). Don't know of any intestinal flu that is transmitted between dog & human. ...Read more

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Treating the Stomach Flu (Checklist)

Replace fluids carefully to avoid dehydration
Once
See doctor if symptoms persist
Once
Gradually add solid food back when improving
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How often do normal people get the stomach flu?

Often: If you are in contact with many people on a daily basis for work or school then it is not uncommon to get a "stomach flu" several times a year. The peak season for enteroviruses (stomach flu) is spring and summer. During those seasons children can get sick every month or so especially if they are in a large daycare. The viruses are spread by poor hand washing and contact with contaminated surfaces. ...Read more

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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Stomach flu is also known as Gastroenteritis. Typical symptoms of a "stomach flu" included vomiting and diarrhea. Another name ...Read more

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