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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?

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?

Cold: Cough can cause chest pain due to muscular shaky motions it produces. Some colds tend to linger. Of all cold symptoms, the most lingering is cough. Tobacco use only makes it worse. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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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?

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

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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?

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

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Like to get the flu shot but is it available?

Like to get the flu shot but is it available?

Yes: Influenza vaccine is currently available in New England. ...Read more

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How likely am I to get the flu after having the flu?

How likely am I to get the flu after having the flu?

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

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Can I get the flu from the flu shot?

Can I get the flu from the flu shot?

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

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Why my BP is low when I get the flu?

Why my BP is low when I get the flu?

Flu: Febrile illnesses frequently have decreased BP because of fever related vasodilation. ...Read more

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Why should I get the flu shot this winter?

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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Is it okay that I get the flu shot this year?

Is it okay that I get the flu shot this year?

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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Should kids aged 7 and 9 get the flu injection?

Certainly: Although it is quite late in the season. ...Read more

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Can I get the flu from a flu shot?

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 more

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If I get a flu shot, do I get the flu?

If I get a flu shot, do I get the flu?

No and maybe: You do not get influenza from the vaccine although a bit of fever and achiness can occur. You can still get the flu naturally but the disease tends to be much milder and your risk of infection is lower. ...Read more

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Can I get the flu shot while on isotrentinoin?

Can I get the flu shot while on isotrentinoin?

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

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Can you get the flu pneumonia rom someone that has it?

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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Can you get the flu from the vaccine if inactivated?

Can you get the flu from the vaccine if inactivated?

No: You cannot get the flu from a dead germ. The injectable forms of the flu vaccine are dead. The nasal spray has a weakened live germ & some folks have problems with it. ...Read more

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Should I get the flu vaccine ?

Should I get the flu vaccine ?

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

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How does a person get the flu?

How does a person get the flu?

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

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How might you get the flu to leave faster?

Antiviral medication: In some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, (zanamivir) flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Why should you get the flu shot every year?

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

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How do babies get the flu?

How do babies get the flu?

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

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Should everyone get the flu shot?

Just about: Everyone. It is not for infants younger than 6 months of age. "People who have experienced a severe (life threatening) allergy to a prior dose of an seasonal influenza vaccine" should not get the flu shot per the CDC. ...Read more

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Who should get the flu shot over 30?

Who should get the flu shot over 30?

Adults: 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

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When should you get the flu shot this year?

When should you get the flu shot this year?

As soon as available: The seasonal flu vaccine will be effective within 2 weeks of administration & last all season regardless of when obtained. My office crew & I got ours in early august. ...Read more

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Why do you get a fever when you get the flu?

Why do you get a fever when you get the flu?

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