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Doctor insights on: Elderberry And Flu

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Does getting the flu vaccine help prevent getting the flu during flu season?

Does getting the flu vaccine help prevent getting the flu during flu season?

Yes, but...: Note also that "flu vaccine" specifically covers influenza virus (and only targeted strains at that), where as people often refer to the "flu" during "flu season" as any viral illness (there are lots of other viruses which can cause fever and other symptoms besides influenza!). This is a large contributor to the misconception that someone's annual flu vaccine "didn't work". ...Read more

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Does honey help with flu and cold ?

Does honey help with flu and cold ?

Some help.: Honey doesn't cure a cold or flu, but it can help soothe a sore throat if that is one of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can i take panadol cold and flu with mucinex (guaifenesin).?

Can i take panadol cold and flu with mucinex (guaifenesin).?

Yes : Panadol (acetaminophen) cold/ flu contains 3 types of medications per tablet Acetaminophen 500mg( for pain/ fever), Pseudoephedrine 15mg (nasal/sinus decongestant) and dextromethorphan 30mg (cough suppressant). Mucinex(guaifenesin loosen sputum) and works together with dextromethorphan to suppress cough. Limit to 6 tablets/day. If symptoms persist/worsen for more than 7 days, see physician. Limit alcohol intake. ...Read more

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How are swine flu and seasonal flu different?

How are swine flu and seasonal flu different?

Differences: This is the best I have seen to help differentiate: http://www.Newmilfordschools.Org/gibbs/nurse/cold_flu_swine_flu.Pdf. ...Read more

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Can elderberry work when used for flu symptoms?

Can elderberry work when used for flu symptoms?

It can help!: A standardized elderberry concentrate (sambuchol) inhibited replication of parainfluenza type a & b: http://tinyurl.com/le3y9ua and http://tinyurl.Com/m2jp8dv it may act against other respiratory pathogens as well. http://tinyurl.com/a9lxf8k in another study, flu symptoms were relieved in 4 days less when using 15ml elderberry syrup 4 times/day: http://tinyurl.Com/m2jp8dv. ...Read more

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Should I take both seasonal flu vaccine and pneumovax vaccine?

Should I take both seasonal flu vaccine and pneumovax vaccine?

Flu and pnumonia vac: Flu vaccine can be taken with pnumonia vaccine, if it is recommended by your doctor because of your age or medical condition you can take tham together. ...Read more

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How can i get rid of flu and cold during flu cold season in pregnancy?

Flu: If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen). Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Doxycycline, tamiflu, (oseltamivir) depo-medrol, all for the flu. Can i also take zyrtec for stuffy nose?

Doxycycline, tamiflu, (oseltamivir) depo-medrol, all for the flu. Can i also take zyrtec for stuffy nose?

Yes: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is used for flu and zyrtec could be used to relief the associated stuffy nose. It is unclear while you will be on steroids anf Doxycycline if it is only flu. ...Read more

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My baby has cold flu bronchitis pertussis, treatment?

My baby has cold flu bronchitis pertussis, treatment?

M.D. visit: Your physician can order a test to determine if your baby has pertussis and/or the flu. There are also a number of viruses which can cause cold symptoms. Checking the baby's temperature and discussing the possible treatment regimen is the next step. ...Read more

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Can I take Vicks DayQuil cold and flu with cetirizine ?

Can I take Vicks DayQuil cold and flu with cetirizine ?

Yes : But be aware that taking additional antihistamines increases the risk of drowsiness. If you take more than one daily adult dose of an antihistamine, you should not drive or operate heavy machinery. ...Read more

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How can I boost my immune system for this cold and flu season?

How can I boost my immune system for this cold and flu season?

Influenza vaccine: The influenza vaccine is recommended for all ages over 6 months old and can specifically increase your antibody levels to decrease the severity of influenza symptoms. ...Read more

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Any tricks to getting over the flu fast? Body ache, chills, nasal congestion, cough, etc.

Any tricks to getting over the flu fast? Body ache, chills, nasal congestion, cough, etc.

Antiviral: The antiviral medication tamiflu is indicated for the treatment of inflluenza a or b infection if given within 48 hours of symptom onset. This can shorten symptoms by a couple of days. Otherwise, rest, fluids, tylenol (acetaminophen) and maybe chicken soup along with time is needed. ...Read more

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How well do the whooping cough vaccines work in preventing whooping cough?

How well do the whooping cough vaccines work in preventing whooping cough?

75-90% BUT..: They prevent anywhere from 75-90% of the infections. But the length of time that the protection remains varies in each individual from 2-3 years to 10 years.Get your boosters! ...Read more

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Can anti-bacterial soap help fight the swine flu virus?

Not really: If you are referring to the present scare, this reported flu strain has only been associated with pig to human transmission, not human to human transfer. It is also a mild strain and no one has died and only 2 have needed hospitalization. What i would like to point out here is the "news press" and it's affinity to blow things out of proportion and only report what will get ratings. Talk to docs. ...Read more

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Flu with cough and yellow green pleghm should start antibiotics?

Flu with cough and yellow green pleghm should start antibiotics?

Respiratory infectio: flu symptoms could be from viral or bacterial, if the symptoms does not get better in 5 days might want to consider antibiotic ...Read more