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H1n1 Swine Flu While On Steroids
My 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with the flu. She started Tamiflu (oseltamivir). How do we prevent the rest of us getting the flu? Tamiflu (oseltamivir)? No flu shots givn
Hand washing: You can ask your Dr to prescribe Prophylactic dose of Tamiflu (oseltamivir) for any family members >1yr old. Good Hand washing with soap and water or antibacterial gels is another effective way to reduce transmission of respiratory infections. Covering your mouth when you cough also helps. It is not too late to get a flu shot. Take Care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My daughter was positive for influenza A. Placed on tamiflu (oseltamivir) and is fever free rest of us on tamiflu (oseltamivir) can we still get influenza?
Certainly: She was contageous before diagnosis and she remains so during treatment. All who are around her may have enough exposure to get it if they are not immune to that strain from a flu shot. The drug would likely decrease the intensity of any symptoms a contact would have. This drug suppresses the reproduction of the virus it does not kill it, so it does not work like penicillin for a strep throat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Live/oral typhoid vacc.I got sick with the flu yesterday.Need to take 4th & final pill today.Does being sick interfere w/ vaccine's effectiveness?
Aside from hand-washing, getting flu shot, etc., what are some good ways to boost the immune system during cold/flu season & avoid getting sick?
Great question!: Many people have opinions about "how" to boost the immune system. Practically speaking, there is no correct answer to this. The immune system is very complex and I am not aware of anything in particular that will globally "boost" this. A good diet, regular exercise, and an appropriate amount of sleep are good things along with the things that you are doing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antiviral medicatios: In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, (zanamivir) Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms of FLU to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. There are over 100 cold viruses that may mutate often. Colds are usually not severe. ...Read more
Confusing question: The h1n1 is one of three or four strains in the flu vaccine prepared for the 2013-2014 season. It is also the predominant strain responsible for most serious cases of flu this year. The single strain h1n1 flu vaccine was only produces during the 2009 season when the strain emerged in the preseason(april) but was not in the regular vaccine produced that year. ...Read more
If flu shot vaccines are created from last year's flu, how can it protect against a different stem of the flu?
There are 3 strains: Every year a bunch of experts meet and decide what strains to put in the flu vaccine for the next season. They usually put in 3 different types, almost always one from the preceding year, and then two others that they decide on based on many factors. There is talk that they may start trying to use 5 strains in the next few years. Anyway, you should get a flu shot every year! ...Read more
Just got diagnosed with heavy growth haemophilus parainfluenzae. How long until i feel better. Asthmatic on steroids and biaxin (clarithromycin). Around non imm child?
Can someone have the swine flu for 3 days and be completely better on third day since they were taking tamiflu (oseltamivir)?
Yes: Better living through pharmacology i like to say. ...Read more
Have low immune sys & wash a lot from ocd. Is the flu shot safe? I have tics, & pandas, so would getting the flu shot be dangerous or make tics worse?
Had flu shot twice in 5 years. Each time I got diagnose with the Flu. Diagnose with Asthma this year. Does flu shot cause the flu for some.
Can rabies vaccine cause rabies? i have flu and the last dose of vaccine was 4 days ago, bitten by a animal still alive; given Vaxirab-N vaccine;PCEV
Serum Sickness?: The rabies vaccine cannot cause rabies, but does have side effects like serum sickness. Please discuss your symptoms with the doctor who prescribed the vaccine series. You need to balance the severity of your symptoms against the need to complete the series of rabies vaccines. This is especially true if the animal is still alive and can be observed for signs of rabies OR euthanized for testing. ...Read more
It may: Any influenza virus can persist in a viable form on "fomites" (door handlles, keyboards, telephones etc., ). That is why we always tell people to wash your hands. Other ways to avoid influenza are to get your vaccine annually, and use hand sanitize when in public to reduce transmission. ...Read more
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