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News saying Flu b is now prevalent & more dangerous than Flu a. At the first of the season they said flu a was more severe? Which is it? Have 5 mo old

News saying Flu b is now prevalent & more dangerous than Flu a. At the first of the season they said flu a was more severe? Which is it? Have 5 mo old

Vaccinate the family: If a new baby is in the home, it is wisest to vaccinate the family so that family members do not spread flu to the baby. The 2017-2018 flu season in the US began early (in late October instead of late November) and was a bad season. Type A was most common at first, peaked and dropped off. Type B started about a month after Type A started, peaked later, and has dropped off. A baby can catch both. ...Read more

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Which strain of the flu is worse? Flu b or flu a

Which strain of the flu is worse?  Flu b or flu a

Flu A: Influenza A is generally worse than influenza B.
Get flu vaccine.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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10 year old has flu b, 8 year old has fever tonight 101.5 no other symptoms. Flu starting?

10 year old has flu b, 8 year old has fever tonight 101.5 no other symptoms. Flu starting?

Maybe: It is easily transmitted in saliva and droplets from a cough. Most become sick within 48 hrs of a significant exposure. ...Read more

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Child flu b fever start last Tuesday 1/30. Tomorrow morning she will be fever free for 24 hours. Is she still contagious. We have an infant in house.

Maybe not: The flu is considered contagious for a week after the first symptoms appear. Being fever free is nice but not a guarantee.Transfer is usually by saliva or droplets from a cough. With an infant involved I would be cautious. ...Read more

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Granddaughter 4, had Influenza A, twice . Just wondering if that will give any immunity to Influenza B? Also what is the chance she gets the flu again

Granddaughter 4, had Influenza A, twice . Just wondering if that will give any immunity to Influenza B? Also what is the chance she gets the flu again

Immunity unlikely: Flu strains are as different as kids dressing up at Halloween. The immunity built to one strain may have some benefit when encountering another, but not in a predictable way. Depending on exposures, you could get flu of any strain every month or two. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with Flu B on Friday afternoon via nasal test but no symptoms. On Tamiflu since Fri. When can I go by others? Is a false positive possible?

Diagnosed with Flu B on Friday afternoon via nasal test but no symptoms. On Tamiflu since Fri. When can I go by others? Is a false positive possible?

Yes, now.: Why did you have the test with no symptoms? There is always a false positive possibility, but it is low. Symptoms generally arise 1-4 days after infection and you remain contagious for seven days starting from day 1. You are probably already in the clear. Not clear if tamiflu (oseltamivir) is indicated in your case, but if it has been prescribed take for five days then stop. ...Read more

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Ok so I have the influenza B virus had flu shot so has my 5 year old so if she did contract it would symptoms be milder?

Ok so I have the influenza B virus had flu shot so has my 5 year old so if she did contract it would symptoms be milder?

MAYBE: Every year a number of flu strains circle the globe and various sites keep track and report their activity. Vaccine makers pick 3-4 strains in early spring to put in the fall shot, based on those with the most activity.Too many strains would weaken the individual strength against each strain.With luck, the vaccine will boost general flu immunity enough to make it mild for those who get it anyway ...Read more

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Daughter dx Flu b started tamiflu late tues night, last dose tomorrow, still has fever, leg pains, and a cough at night. What should we do?

Daughter dx Flu b started tamiflu late tues night, last dose tomorrow, still has fever, leg pains, and a cough at night. What should we do?

Call in for guidance: Tamiflu works best if taken within hours of the first symptoms. It doesn't kill the germs but can slow them down until they die. The leg (calf) pains are common & persistent. Persistent fever & cough may indicate a bit of pneumonia coming on. I'd call for guidance by the doc on call. ...Read more

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Work in a physicians office. Tested positive for flu b on nov 6. Felt flushed today and got nervous. Tested positive b again. False positive? no fever

Work in a physicians office. Tested positive for flu b on nov 6. Felt flushed today and got nervous. Tested positive b again. False positive? no fever

Probably false pos: Influenza can be asymptomatic. However, it would seem the two tests were several weeks apart. If the first result was true, the second test should have become negative. But best for you to check with your employer or your personal physician. ...Read more

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I have influenza B. Should I still get the flu vaccine when I recover?

I have influenza B. Should I still get the flu vaccine when I recover?

Interesting question: In theory the vaccine have three or four viruses and your flu is just one so it would be a benefit for you to do that to help protect from the others. I haven’t seen an official recommendation for your situation but this would be my thought ...Read more

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Hi I have Flu B. Havent eaten to much in a few days, Staying moderatly hydrated. My stomach is like fluttering and dancing and Idk if its my heart or?

Hi I have Flu B. Havent eaten to much in a few days, Staying moderatly hydrated. My stomach is like fluttering and dancing and Idk if its my heart or?

Influenza: It is still the 'flu' season (up until April 30th according to the CDC). There can be gastric effects of the flu - nausea and vomiting although more common in children than adults. Flu CAN affect the heart - particularly if you have underlying medical conditions and/or are an older person. With your dehydrated condition, you probably should see a doc to get all of that checked out. Check potassium ...Read more

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A sore throat started Thursday afternoon and diagnosed with Flu B on Friday afternoon; started Tamiflu (oseltamivir) Fri @ 5:30pm. When can I be near others again?

5 days: This is our 'isolation' period in the hospital -so if you're around infants/babies, pregnant moms, those who are weakened or elderly, then I would definitely take precautions. If someone has had the flu shot this past season, then they should have some protection - 60% or so according to the CDC. Best to cover coughs and sneezes with the elbow or a big wad of tissues, wash hands frequently, etc. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ Flu B Friday @2pm via nasal test due to minor sore throat. No symptoms since Sat. On Tamiflu since Fri. Still contagious? Flu test wrong?

Diagnosed w/ Flu B Friday @2pm via nasal test due to minor sore throat. No symptoms since Sat. On Tamiflu since Fri. Still contagious? Flu test wrong?

Likely/likely not: Most flu swab tests are more likely falsely negative than falsely positive.Patients are considered potentially contageous for a minimum of a week from first symptoms (soar throat qualifies). ...Read more