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How does the flu directly or indirectly harm the fetus of a pregnant women? I know pneumonia can obviously cause lack of oxygen to the baby. What else

How does the flu directly or indirectly harm the fetus of a pregnant women? I know pneumonia can obviously cause lack of oxygen to the baby. What else

Flu affects mom: Pregnant women have a suppressed immune system which inhibits their ability to fight off infections like the flu. The fetus is at risk because the mom is at risk when infected. The best thing to do is to get an annual flu vaccine. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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Interstitial Pneumonia (Definition)

Interstitial pneumonia is an inflammatory process that affects the walls of the small air sacs in the lungs causing them to thicken & cause difficulties with oxygentation. Several infectious & non-infectious processes can cause accumulation of inflammatory cells & fibrous deposits in the walls of the air sacs causing the lungs to become stiffer & unable to ...Read more


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Do I have the flu or pneumonia?

Do I have the flu or pneumonia?

Flu: Symptoms of viral disease may include : fever, chills, cough, diarrhea, vomiting. Same symptoms could represent bacterial infection. Blood work and imaging studies may give more information. ...Read more

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How to know if I have the flu or pneumonia?

How to know if I have the flu or pneumonia?

Localized -pneumonia: Flu has generalized symptoms pneumonia : fever, cough + some other symptoms like fatigue etc. Either case, if you have any of those you will need to be checked if you still suspect pneumonia to get CXR ...Read more

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How likely are you to die after getting pneumonia after while having the flu?

Extremely rare: Death due to pneumonia, with or without influenza, is extremely rare at your age, assuming proper diagnosis, medical care, and antibiotic treatment if recommended by your doctor. Pneumonia deaths are pretty much limited to frail elderly persons and others with severe health problems like bad malnutrition, cancer, AIDS, etc. Follow your doctor's advice and all will be well. Good luck! ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of pneumonia and the flu the same body is very achy and i'm very tired and coughing?

Are the symptoms of pneumonia and the flu the same body is very achy and i'm very tired and coughing?

Yes: The symptoms of influenza and pneumonia are very similar. Influenza can cause viral pneumonia. Both are characterized by cough, fever, constitutional symptoms and prostration. Influenza in the usa occurs between november and april with the highest incidence in the winter months. Get evaluated by your md. Hope you get better soon. ...Read more

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Why is the flu shot advertised for all age-groups so aggressively when the chance of dying from the flu itself (not pneumonia) is astronomically low?

Why is the flu shot advertised for all age-groups so aggressively when the chance of dying from the flu itself (not pneumonia) is astronomically low?

Several reasons: The people most at risk to die from influenza and its complications are usually the very young and the elderly. Both of these groups may not have a full immune response from the vaccine due to their age, so "herd immunity" is important in protecting them. For additional information here is a helpful link. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs211/en/ ...Read more

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Can you get the flu pneumonia rom someone that has it?

Yes. : Most infections have a period where the person is contagious to those around them in various ways like coughing, sneezing etc. If you are in close proximity to this person you are more likely to get what they have. ...Read more

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When after the flu do you develop pneumonia ?

When after the flu do you develop pneumonia ?

Variable: Influenza virus causes the flu, and other viruses can cause a flu like illness. Pneumonia is a complication of the flu and occurs in some patients. The timing of infection and then the development of pneumonia is variable depending on the severity of the illness. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the difference between the flu and walking pneumonia?

Can you please describe the difference between the flu and walking pneumonia?

See below: The flu is influenza, a viral lower respiratory tract infection. Walking pneumonia is a case of pneumonia (lung infection) in which the affected person is not too sick and is able to walk around rather than stay in bed. Influenza can cause pneumonia and can also be complicated by a bacterial pneumonia. ...Read more

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I have the flu and I am wondering what the chances of getting pneumonia or bronchitis because of the flu rare?

I have the flu and I am wondering what the chances of getting pneumonia or bronchitis because of the flu rare?

It's possible: Influenza itself can cause an inflammation of the lungs that shows up on xrays, which may be called "pneumonia". It can also injure the cells lining the airways, allowing for a stapylococcal (classically) or other bacteria to infect the lungs. These can be fairly severe processes and may require hospitalization or even ICU care. However this is fairly uncommon. ...Read more

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What are the side effects fo the flu and pneumonia vaccinations?

What are the side effects fo the flu and pneumonia vaccinations?

Flu vaccine (shot): The flu shot has inactivated virus- so it will not infect you with the flu. If you have reactions to the shot they usually resolve within one to two days. Side effects can include a low grade fever, aches & pain, and localized swelling, redness and pain at the shot site. Some people have had allergic reactions to the flu vaccine. ...Read more

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I got the flu shot last sept. Ended up getting pneumonia for very first time in March. Should I get flu shot again this year ?

I got the flu shot last sept. Ended up getting pneumonia for very first time in March. Should I get flu shot again this year ?

Yes unless otherwise: It is recommended for adults on a yearly basis unless you have medical issues that can lead to an adverse reaction. The CDC website is one resource of information as the flu season approaches. ...Read more

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My 1 yr old son got diagnosed with pneumonia. I thought i had the flu, but I am starting to think it is more. With my symptoms, what could it be?

My 1 yr old son got diagnosed with pneumonia. I thought i had the flu, but I am starting to think it is more. With my symptoms, what could it be?

What're your symptom: Viral pneumonia can be contagious--you can catch the virus, with or without the pneumonia; certain types of bacterial pneumonia can spread to close contacts also. I cannot answer the question as you don't list your symptoms! ...Read more

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Are there any side effects from the pneumonia shot? Is it similar to getting the flu shot?

Different vaccine: Except for sore arm, little swelling and redness at the site of injection threr is no serious side effect most of the time. There may be mild fever, drowsiness, irritability and loss of appetite rare causes are anaphylaxis due to allergy, headaches, swollen glands, skin rash, seizures, palpitation, swollen glands, wheezing etc. Pnumonia and flu vaccine are two different vaccines, and not at all similar. ...Read more

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I am on day 4 of the flu, my ribs and sternum hurt so much from coughing, should I get tested for pneumonia or is that pain normal?

I am on day 4 of the flu, my ribs and sternum hurt so much from coughing, should I get tested for pneumonia or is that pain normal?

Muscle strain: From coughing. Pneumonia would hurt to breath, have shortness of breath and productive cough. Sound as if controlling the cough would help the most. Cough suppressants , etc. ...Read more

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I just got over the flu and pneumonia and now caught a cold from my baby. I have a ton of congestion and pressure and feel so run down from all this?

I just got over the flu and pneumonia and now caught a cold from my baby. I have a ton of congestion and pressure and feel so run down from all this?

What a bad stretch: of luck.First,cancel that trip to Vegas,for now.What you need is supportive treatment for this cold ( tylenol, (acetaminophen)cough meds,decongestants...only as needed) and LOTS of rest and fluids.Listen to your body.When it says "I'm tired,rest,"I'm sleepy",sleep at least 8 or more hours,etc.If U R exhausted,stop exercising,for now.Give all possible energy to immune system to get U back to your good old self.?? ...Read more

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I'm so confused! some dr's say do & some say don't get the flu shot...I literally have noooo idea what to do! does the flu kill or is it pneumonia?

I'm so confused! some dr's say do & some say don't get the flu shot...I literally have noooo idea what to do! does the flu kill or is it pneumonia?

Wow- which doctors: Have recommended against the flu shot? Influenza can be lethal. Influenza can make you feel really, really ill. I recommend all my patients get their flu shot annually. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more