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How are flu and pneumonia different?

How are flu and pneumonia different?

Symptoms: Pneumonia can be bacterial or viral but flu by definition is viral. With flu you will have muscle aches, pain, perhaps fever and chills. You will need antiviral if you test positive and usually antibiotic empirically. You will not see inflitrate on x-ray. With pneumonia, you will see infiltrate on xray. You may have fever, cough, but not always chills or muscle aches. You may need IV antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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


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How are having a flu and having pneumonia different?

Specific/general: Flu or influenza is a specific virus which affects the lungs and airways. Pneumonia is a syndrome of an infection in the airsacks of the lung and may be caused by various bacteria, viruses, or even chemicals (aspiraton). ...Read more

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I want to know about what is normal flu and what is meant by pneumonia?

I want to know about what is normal flu and what is meant by pneumonia?

RespiratoryInfection: Flu is an infection of respiratory tract caused by influenza virus. It spreads through inhalation of droplets coughed by infected person. It can start like a regular common cold but sometimes can be very severe & life threatening, especially in those with underlying lung or heart disease. Pneumonia is a general term for any infection that involves the lungs & causes fever, cough & x-ray changes. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have had the regular flu since saturday would i no if i were getting pneumonia how long does this flu last?

What do you suggest if I have had the regular flu since saturday would i no if i were getting pneumonia how long does this flu last?

If symptoms worsen: High fever and worsening respiratory symptoms, sometimes with colored phlegm production with coughing. Should see physician if symptoms worsen for evaluation and possible chest xray exam. ...Read more

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Pneumonia is going around very severe in my neighborhood. My question is can you just get pneumonia or does it normally start out as a cold/flu??

Pneumonia is going around very severe in my neighborhood. My question is can you just get pneumonia or does it normally start out as a cold/flu??

Either way: It can happen either one of those ways. You can start out with a cold or flu and then develop pneumonia or you can just get pneumonia without an earlier infection. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have bronchitis, flu or pneumonia?

How to tell if I have bronchitis, flu or pneumonia?

In general: Bronchitis is limited to the lungs and causes coughand typically , no fever.
Pneumonia symptoms are similar to bronchitis but are usually a more severe cough , and can include fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain , and the diagnosis is made by a chest x-ray.
Flu is a systemic illness and includes runny nose, cough, high fever, and body aches.
It takes an experienced physician to put this togethe. ...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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What is the probability of survival for swine flu and pneumonia?

What is the probability of survival for swine flu and pneumonia?

Mortality rate?: A report released by the CDC indicated that bacterial pneumonia was was present in 22 out of 77 (29%) swine flu patients during a post-mortem examination of their lungs.Superimposed bacterial pneumonia usually cause of death,Pneumococcal infections are a serious complication of seasonal and 2009 H1N1 influenza infections and can cause death.Vaccination to prevent pneumonia to pevent complication. ...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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What are my chances of getting pneumonia or bronchitis from a seasonal flu?

What are my chances of getting pneumonia or bronchitis from a seasonal flu?

Risk factor...: Seasonal flu is a risk factor for getting bronchitis and pneumonia. Luckily, it is a relatively uncommon complication. Most people with seasonal flu do not develop these complications. ...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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Is it normal to still get sick after getting a flu and pneumonia shot?

Not really: But it can be normal to have mild flu-like or cold symptoms. This is just the body's natural immune response after getting the vaccine that can make some people feel a little "sick". After getting vaccinated the body is making memory of the virus or bacteria. These vaccines are killed virus or bacteria, so you are not actually getting a live bug introduced into your body. ...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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How can I tell if I have the common cold (with bronchitis), flu or pneumonia?

How can I tell if I have the common cold (with bronchitis), flu or pneumonia?

Not so easy: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung or lower respiratory tracts. A cold (usually caused by viruses) is an infection of the upper respiratory tract - flu also usually affects the upper tract but can start involving the lungs (serious). A patient should see a physician who can do lab tests and get an x-ray - doubly important to do so if a person is getting worse, dehydrated, or short of breath. ...Read more

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What's the probability of getting pneumonia or bronchitis from a seasonal flu ?

What's the probability of getting pneumonia or bronchitis from a seasonal flu ?

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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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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How do I know if I have a cold or flu? How can I tell if i got the common cold, influenze or pneumonia?

How do I know if I have a cold or flu? How can I tell if i got the common cold, influenze or pneumonia?

A cold is: Usually an upper tract issue, ie clear nasal discharge and congestion. Flu is associated with more systemic symptoms including fevers and muscle aches. Pneumonia by definition involves infection of the lung itself and can be confirmed by physical exam and chest xray. ...Read more

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Can you have a 'clear' chest and have pneumonia? Or have a clear chest & a week later have a flu turn into pneumonia?

Can you have a 'clear' chest and have pneumonia? Or have a clear chest & a week later have a flu turn into pneumonia?

Yes: The chest X-ray is not 100% accurate. Chest X-ray findings may lag the symptoms by a few days. Also there are some areas of the lung difficult to visualize on the X-ray. ...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?

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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Half the kids in my class have either flu or pneumonia. I don't have a spleen and am concered about catching either. How can I lower my chances of it?

Vaccines: I just had both a flu and a pneumonia vaccine - i imagine you could do that too. Ask your doctor. People who can't or won't take the vaccines are advised to wear protective masks when potential exposure is likely. Best! ...Read more

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Is there any adverse reactions or hazards to taking flu and pneumonia shots?

Vaccination: Any treatment can have side effects but the benefits of vaccination are way higher than the risk. Pain and/or swelling at the injection site can occur in a fair amount of people but serious effects are very rare. ...Read more

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Could you potentially have pneumonia or bronchitis without a fever or having a cold/flu first?

Could you potentially have pneumonia or bronchitis without a fever or having a cold/flu first?

See below: What you are asking is whether the pneumonia can develop without earlier symptoms and the answer is yes it can suddenly happen. ...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?

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