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Does Valtrex (valacyclovir) work on flu/viruses?

Does Valtrex (valacyclovir) work on flu/viruses?

Not flu: Valacyclovir (valtrex) only works on certain herpes viruses (mainly herpes simplex and varicella zoster). It has no activity against influenza (flu) virus or other respiratory viruses. ...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


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2yrs son carpooll wit ath 2yrs boy who always have flu everyday, is car purifier/car ioniser/car ozoniser works to protect my son frm d virus?

2yrs son carpooll wit ath 2yrs boy who always have flu everyday, is car purifier/car ioniser/car ozoniser works to protect my son frm d virus?

Flu vaccine: The best ways to prevent illness from influenza virus is to get the flu vaccine every year, avoid direct contact with those who are sick with respiratory infections, and regular hand-washing. I am not aware of any car air purifiers that help to prevent people from getting sick from respiratory viruses. ...Read more

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Do flu shots really work on a flu viruses.?

2014 – 2015 Flu Shot: Trivalent works against 3 influenza viruses – Influenza A viruses (H3N2 & H1N1) & 1 influenza B virus. Quadrivalent & the live attenuated Influenza vaccine work against these & a second influenza B virus. ...Read more

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Felt flu-ish with body aches for 5 days now. Is that normal time frame for virus or flu bug to work its way out? (Going to doc as i still feel awful)

Felt flu-ish with body aches for 5 days now. Is that normal time frame for virus or flu bug to work its way out? (Going to doc as i still feel awful)

Yes: Most viral infections peak at day 3 and begin to improve by day 5. Anything that gets close to being there for a week without improvement should be checked out. Drink plenty of fluid - eat some light high protein foods and keep your appointment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Do flu shots really work on a flu virus?

Do flu shots really work on a flu virus?

Can be effective.: 2014 – 2015 Flu Shots: Trivalent works against 3 influenza viruses – Influenza A viruses (H3N2 & H1N1) & 1 influenza B virus. Quadrivalent & the live attenuated Influenza vaccine work against these & a second influenza B virus. ...Read more

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Is the flu always a disease caused by a virus?

Is the flu always a disease caused by a virus?

Sure: True influenza is always caused by an influenza virus but there are lots of influenza-like viruses caused by other respiratory viruses and the stomach 'flu, not an influenza at all. ...Read more

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Is there a flu or virus going around in cincinnati area?

Is there a flu or virus going around  in cincinnati area?

Yes: There is a flu virus going around the entire western hemisphere, just as it does every year. The peak of flu season is not yet here. Get your flu-shot while you still can. ...Read more

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Can a virus or flu cause premature beats to worsen? Or become for painful?

Can a virus or flu cause premature beats to worsen? Or become for painful?

Yes and no: There are viruses that attack the heart but they tend to be present in the spring. The influenza virus isn't one of them. While the virus itself doesn't cause extra beats, being ill with fever and/or sweating, and/or diarrhea, and/or vomiting, and/or reduced fluid intake and/or disturbed sleep - all can affect your heart rhythm. ...Read more

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For the past 24 hours I've been hurting all over. I don't feel sick, my temp is normal, but I hurt a lot, like the flu. Is it likely just a virus?

For the past 24 hours I've been hurting all over. I don't feel sick, my temp is normal, but I hurt a lot, like the flu. Is it likely just a virus?

For how long you hav: Aches and pains occur quite commonly just before a virus infection causes you the typical symptoms of a head cold or Flu, such as sore throat, running nose and sneezing. If your aches and pains persist more than 2-3 days without having symptoms of a 'cold', then you should go to see your doctor for a medical check up. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Valacyclovir (Definition)

Valacyclovir is a herpes viruses agent which is a kind of anti-viral ...Read more