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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?
Immunizations: Flu vaccine protects you against viruses while the pneumonia vaccine will protect you against bacterial pneumonia such as strep pneumoniae. By all means get both shots for your protection. ...Read more
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 more
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
I did: I did, as I do every year, and have lived to tell you about it. So have millions of others. I ask is it ok to ride the subway (bart) in the winter with people coughing at you? If you live in a bubble you might not care to get one. ...Read more
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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
Yes: Anyone 6 months of age or older should get a flu vaccination to help prevent catching influenza a or b, or the h1n1 swine flu. One can skip the vaccination if he is allergic to it. People at higher risk for severe influenza symptoms include pregnant women, the elderly, the immunosuppressed, asthmatics, young children and babies, etc... High-risk persons should definitely get vaccinated. ...Read more
Usually droplets: Flu is usually transmitted person to person through aerosolized droplets (a cough or sneeze does this well) that land in the upper respiratory tract or mucus membranes. Of note flu can last on surfaces for quite a while so decontaminating surfaces around infected folk is important to prevent transmission. ...Read more
Reality: The flu virus is well known for mutating frequently which makes prior vaccines less helpful. There are also 4-6+ strains circulating the globe at any point and air travel spreads them easily. Each year they pick the top 3-4 strains (by frequency) & put them into the shot. More would weaken strength for individual strains. If you get the shot every year (I do) you increase your chances for it to work ...Read more
Close contact: The flu is passed on from person to person in tiny droplets expelled during coughing and sneezing. Your baby can get the flu if they are in close proximity to another sick child, or if they play with that child's toys or other objects. These droplets can stay in surfaces for a long time, so it is important to frequently clean your baby's hands. ...Read more
1 medically compromised people
2 health and dental providers
3 adults (more important as you get older)
4 day care providers
5. All adults not allergic to the vaccine.
Pharmacies are now offering flu shots.
The flu shot typically is formulated to prevent the most serious strain of the flu that the health profession is expecting this year. ...Read more
Response to virus: Fever is a symptom and reaction of the body to try and eliminate the infection. I view it as raising the thermostat to overheat the body and "cook it out". Too high fever (105-106) can actually be counter productive so him fevers need to be reduced. ...Read more
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