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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


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What can I do to prevent getting the flu?

Avoidance: To avoid getting an upper respiratory infection practice excellent hand washing. Wash hands frequently & thoroughly with warm water and soap. Do not touch mouth, eyes or hands unless hands are clean. Avoid contact with people who have upper respiratory infections. Cover coughs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to prevent getting the flu?

Can you tell me how to prevent getting the flu?

#1 - Get Flu Shot !: 2. Stay away from people who are ill. 3. Wash hands often with warm water and soap. 4. Wash hands before touching nose, eyes or mouth. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could i prevent getting the flu?

Can you tell me how could i prevent getting the flu?

Keep hands away from: Most infectious disease gets into body through mouth, nose, or eyes. Don't touch your face with your hands unless they are clean. Don't use antiseptic cleansers...They take protective oils and bacteria off your skin and leave you more vulnerable...Use water to wash and then hand lotion. On the other side, boost your immune system with herbal medicines, vitamin c. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com. ...Read more

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How to prevent getting the flu again after i just got better?

Flu: Annual flu shots lessen the burden but wont prevent actually getting the flu. Further, once you've had to flu strain in season, not likely to get same infection again. Rarely you can be infected with 2 different strains in one season, but less likely. Would suspect routine upper respiratory infection over recurrent flu. Allergen also can mimic recurrent infection outside of flu season in the north. ...Read more

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Anyway to prevent getting the flu if everyone in your house already has it?

Anyway to prevent getting the flu if  everyone in your house already has it?

Tamiflu (oseltamivir): Taking tamiflutaking as a prophylaxis has been shown to prevent the spread of the flu. In hospitals, masks and gowns are used which aren't practical at home but good hand washing is always a good idea. ...Read more

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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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How can a flu shot prevent one from getting the flu?

How can a flu shot prevent one from getting the flu?

Flu shot: Flu shots like other vaccines expose your body to either a partially killed or killed virus which triggers your immune system to make antibodies to it. If you get exposed to the virus later, your body is prepared and can rapidly mount an attack against it either preventing you from getting sick or greatly reducing the severity of the illness. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my toddler from getting the flu when the rest of the house has been diagnosed?

How can I prevent my toddler from getting the flu when the rest of the house has been diagnosed?

Tamiflu (oseltamivir): The prescription Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is available through your kids physician & is commonly used as a preventative down to 1 year olds. Few other methods are helpful, the flu is contagious from the day before first symptoms, so containing it in a household is quite difficult. ...Read more

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To prevent my other son from getting the flu from his brother can he take his tamiflu (oseltamivir) also?

To prevent my other son from getting the flu from his brother can he take his tamiflu (oseltamivir) also?

Prophylaxis: If one son has influenza his sibling can take tamiflu (oseltamivir) - but it should be prescribed for him by your pediatrician rather than taking leftovers from his brother. ...Read more

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There are over 200 strains of the influenza virus. How many of those does the flu shot prevent?

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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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 more

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A flu vaccine has a probability of 70% of preventing a person who is inoculated from getting the flu, is this true?

A flu vaccine has a probability of 70% of preventing a person who is inoculated from getting the flu, is this true?

Give or take: The efficacy of the vaccine varies by season. Usually 60 to 80%. Here is CDC information: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/effectivenessqa.htm ...Read more

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Is it ok for someone to get influenza (the flu) 2-3 times every year?!

Influenza: No. Many other viruses are there which can give like influenza like symptoms. ...Read more

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I get flu easily...Can u give me some advices to avoid influenza? Thank u....

I get flu easily...Can u give me some advices to avoid influenza? Thank u....

handwashing and rest: One of the best things you can do to reduce the chances of getting sick is to wash your hands properly and often. Soap and water are fine, and alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also very effective. Keeping your immune system in good shape is also important, so make sure you are getting enough sleep, keep stress low and eat properly. ...Read more

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