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How Long Does It Take To Get The Flu Once You Re Exposed
I have severe pain in my chest everytime I cough. And whenever I get the flu. The cough always takes time too long to get better. Is this normal?
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
I'm using imiquimod (aldara). When I take it, I get the flu symptoms, and pain in body (as if you have a feve) is this dangerous? Side effects?
Possible side effect: While the use of topical Aldara (imiquimod) is not typically associated with "systemic" side effects, review of the manufacturer packaging suggests that this is possible and might represent a serious side effect. You must stop using this medication and contact your ob/gyn. If you are trying to treat genital warts, then some form of excisional or cautery procedure might be more safe. ...Read more
What is the value of a pneumonia vaccine in addition to flu vaccine? I'm in my fifties and take the bus to work every day. Every year I get the flu vaccine, but a friend suggested I also get the pneumonia vaccine. Is this something I should be doing?
I have never had a flu shot get the flu once a year. Are these super flus bring created by your vaccine eventually gonna get me and prob devour me?
Odd question: There are no "super flu bugs" created by vaccines. Vaccines are derived from strains created in nature. Nature sometimes mutates a flu strain to such a degree that a major part of the world population has never had a similar flu and it may reek havoc, as it did near the end of WWI. Since you get the flu every year, you likely have some partial immunity to new strains and don't get it as bad as some ...Read more
See details: No flu vaccine is 100% effective. Therefore there is always a chance to contract flu even after vaccination. The risk varies from year to year because of differences in flu strains and the vaccine used for that particular year. ...Read more
No: No. The flu shot does not always work so you may end up getting the flu despite getting the vaccine. Also the flu shot does not prevent you from getting a really bad cold. But the flu shot does help reduce your chances of getting the flu which at best is a miserable illness to have and at worst can result in hospitalization or death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
To avoid illness: During the season the flu affects a large volume of the population & causes upwards of 30 + deaths/yr in the us alone. The vaccine must change on a regular basis to keep up with mutations/variations in the flu strains that prevent prior illness from making you immune. The vaccine is effective in preventing the strains in the vaccine but may not cover every strain around. ...Read more
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No: The flu shot is a killed vaccine. There is nothing live in it to cause the flu. You may experience temporary discomfort (muscle ache, redness, etc) for a few days afterwards, but this can happen with any vaccine. Flu shots are recommended for anyone over 6 months of age. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Keep close contact with your prescribing physician and ask all your questions. Since you must be seen every month while taking this, you should have ample opportunity to review every single detail. ...Read more
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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