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Dr. Luis Eguiguren
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Child, 6,had well check and her CBC 3.5 WBC, other values normal, retest 6 wks. She had the flu (Jan) and had a low WBC. What can cause this? Worried.

Dr. Luis Eguiguren
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Child, 6,had well check and her CBC 3.5 WBC, other values normal, retest 6 wks. She had the flu (Jan) and had a low WBC. What can cause this? Worried.

Maybe normal: If your child is healthy, values may be normal. Viral illnesses can alter WBC for a few weeks but the bottom line is the health status of the child. However, If there are significant alterations of certain cell lines such a as red blood cells, platelets or significant drop in levels of certain white blood cell types, further evaluation may be needed. ...Read more

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Flu (Definition)

Flu is also known as Influenza. Influenza (the "flu") is a contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause mild to severe illness including death. There is treatment available to decrease symptoms, but it is better to prevent the flu is by getting ...Read more


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Dr. Gena Kluwe
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Can a flu shot affect a fasting CBC test?

Dr. Gena Kluwe
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Can a flu shot affect a fasting CBC test?

Shouldn't. : Flu shot should not interfere with cbc. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Amster
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Does the flu affect children and the elderly more severely?

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Does the flu affect children and the elderly more severely?

Yes: The very young have less developed lungs and a more active immune system, causing more inflammation and damage. The elderly have more scarred and damaged lungs, plus likely heart issues, and a less effective immune system, enabling an infection to cause more damage. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How can the making the flu shot mandatory affect religion?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How can the making the flu shot mandatory affect religion?

Vaccination/Religion: Two religions that focus on medical treatment include: The Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian Science) & the Watchtower Society (Jehovah's Witnesses). You can review each to see if mandatory vaccination would be an issue. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Does jogging while you have the flu help, hurt, or have no affect on your road to recovery?

Dr. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Does jogging while you have the flu help, hurt, or have no affect on your road to recovery?

No Real Evidence: But i believe that stressing your body while sick only retards the healing process, by diverting energy from healing.But no proof. ...Read more

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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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How dose the flu affect the respiratory system?

Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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How dose the flu affect the respiratory system?

An upper respiratory: Infection can cause inflammation in the respiratory system and bronchospasm. That can lead to a productive cough, difficulties breathing, and pneumonia. ...Read more

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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How will the flu shot affect an individual sleep?

Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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How will the flu shot affect an individual sleep?

See below: There will not be any effect.

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Dr. Siranush Cholakian
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Can a flu shot lower WBCs? Had a CBC 2 days after flu shot. WBCs came back lower than normal (mine are already low).

Dr. Siranush Cholakian
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Can a flu shot lower WBCs? Had a CBC 2 days after flu shot. WBCs came back lower than normal (mine are already low).

Yes: It is possible. Will strongly advise you to look into the reasons for low WBCs- toxins, side effects of medications, etc. Together with clearing the reasons for that I would advise you to take some herbs to strengthen your immune system and stimulate the bone marrow. Best, Siranush Cholakian MD ...Read more

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