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How long is the flu contagious after fever has broken and aches are gone?

How long is the flu contagious after fever has broken and aches are gone?

See below: Virus sheding in influenza begins 1 day before the start of symptoms and then continues for about 8 days after the start of symptoms. This would be the time that patients are contageous. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

Flu is also known as Influenza. Influenza (aka "flu") is a contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause mild to severe illness including death. There is treatment available to decrease symptoms, but it is better to prevent the flu is by getting ...Read more

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How long after I have had the flu after my fever has broken am i contagious?

How long after I have had the flu after my fever has broken am i contagious?

Let me help: The period when an infected person is contagious depends on the age and health of the person. Studies show that most healthy adults may be able to infect others from 1 day prior to becoming sick and for 5 days after they first develop symptoms. Some young children with weakened immune systems may be contagious for longer than a week. ...Read more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get the flu vaccine
Yearly
Get plenty of sleep
Once
Avoid contact with sick people
Once
Avoid touching your face before washing your hands
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Flu for 5 days despite of flu shot. Still have fever, aches, chills, no appetite, mild cough, headache, exhaustion. Still contagious? How long?

Flu for 5 days despite of flu shot. Still have fever, aches, chills, no appetite, mild cough, headache, exhaustion. Still contagious? How long?

See your doctor.: One of the biggest problems from the flu is the chance of secondary bacterial infections, including sinusitis and pneumonia. Fever for 3-4 days can be normal, but with 5 days of it, it is time to be seen. You are contagious for 5-7 days after the onset of symptoms. If you have shortness of breath, dizziness, blurry vision, go to the ER. The vaccine only protects 60% of folks. ...Read more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get your flu shot EVERY SINGLE YEAR as early in the season as you can
Yearly
Wash your hands constantly
Once
Cough and sneeze into your sleeve
Once
Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with your hands
Once
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Cold flu how many days after fever breaks are you contagious?

Cold flu how many days after fever breaks are you contagious?

Influenza: This is highly dependent on the particular virus with which you were infected. Many people call their infection "flu" when it was not truly influenza. Be more specific and rephrase the question. ...Read more

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Got conflicting advice for flu a. Am i not contagious after 5 days or after being fever free for 24 hrs?

Got conflicting advice for flu a. Am i not contagious after 5 days or after being fever free for 24 hrs?

CDC web site...: I got the five day recommendation from the center for disease control website (one of the best authorities on infectious diseases). See: http://www.Cdc.Gov/flu/about/disease/spread.Htm hope you are feeling better. ...Read more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Wash your hands often
Once
Avoid others with the flu
Once
Get plenty of sleep
Once
Eat a well-balanced diet
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My 2 yr old got the flu mist. 48 hrs later he has a runny nose and low grade fever. Could this be from the mist? Is he contagious? How long last?

My 2 yr old got the flu mist. 48 hrs later he has a runny nose and low grade fever. Could this be from the mist? Is he contagious? How long last?

Possibly, both;: If he is contagious, it is with the weakened flu virus, and the most he can do to someone else is give them a free FluMist by sneezing on them. ...Read more

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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more

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