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How contagious is the swine flu?

How contagious is the swine flu?

See below: If you are referring to the present scare, this reported flu strain has only been associated with pig to human transmission, not human to human transfer. It is also a mild strain and no one has died and only 2 have needed hospitalization. What i would like to point out here is the "news press" and it's affinity to blow things out of proportion and only report what will get ratings. Talk to docs. ...Read more

Dr. Samuel Graitcer
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Oseltamivir (Definition)

The brand name is tamiflu (oseltamivir). It is a prodrug, which means it is inactive until metabolized by a person's body into the active form. It blocks neuraminidase, an enzyme in influenza virus; by doing this, it prevents the flu virus from detaching from the host cell and slows the spread of the virus. It comes in a tablet form, as ...Read more


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How long can you be contagious for tamiflu (oseltamivir) and swine flu?

How long can you be contagious for tamiflu (oseltamivir) and swine flu?

Contagious: Well tamiflu (oseltamivir) is a medicine to trat influenza, so it is never contagious. Influenzae is contagious for as long as the person is shedding virus. Usually 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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How contagious is the bird flu?

How contagious is the bird flu?

Very contagious: In its initial form 3 to 7 days before the symptoms occurred & durin g the active phase will pass to others. ...Read more

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How long is the stomach flu contagious?

How long is the stomach flu contagious?

Depends: The contagious period from oral secretions often begins just before the first fever untill fever has been gone 24hr. The germ may be found in the stool for another 4-6 wks. ...Read more

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Is a baby with swine flu contagious?

Is a baby with swine flu contagious?

Yes: Flu, including the h1n1 can be spread by the oro-nasal secretions of patients at any age. Babies are problem in flu season since many are passed around for kissy kisssy time by many of the more vulnerable elders at holiday gatherings.Since they may spread the illness without showing many signs of infection i consider them stelth carriers. ...Read more

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For protection from swine flue how long I should use tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

For protection  from swine flue how  long I should use tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

General vs specific: When used after a known exposure, once daily use for 7-10 days is common. Some benefit for up to 6 wks of use is described.However, this should not be used instead of vaccination. The medication has a variety of potential side effects that may limit use. ...Read more

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How is tamiflu (oseltamivir) for the flu?

How is tamiflu (oseltamivir) for the flu?

Helps some: This helps some patients if it is started soon enough. It works by decreasing viral reproduction, so if you have had it for more than 2 days, there is not much point in starting.( already well established) ...Read more

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Teach prek. So for how long is flu contagious?

Teach prek. So for how long is flu contagious?

About 8 days: For one day before symptoms to 7 days after the start of symptoms. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/disease.htm. ...Read more

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How long is flu vaccine effective?

How long  is
flu vaccine  effective?

For one: Flu season. The viral strains protected against - change each year. ...Read more

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What is swine flu? What is the incubation period for swine flu, how contagious is it and how beneficial and effective is the h1n1 flu shot?

What is swine flu? What is the incubation period for swine flu, how contagious is it and how beneficial and effective is the h1n1 flu shot?

Swine flu revisited: Swine flu is one of the flu variants that has developed over the last 5-10 years. It just as contagious as the regular flu.As a matter of fact it is a component of this years flu shot and we considerate to be about 85percent effective. ...Read more

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How is bird flu diagnosed?

How is bird flu diagnosed?

Virtually none seen: This strain of influenza has not been seen in the USA. Cannot say there have been none, but if so, rare. The best way to avoid influenza is through regular yearly vaccination. The CDC tracks the types of flu most commonly seen and those are included in the latest vaccines available. ...Read more

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How is swine flu dangerous?

How is swine flu dangerous?

Complications: Increases risk for pneumonia by difficult to treat organisms, with an increase in risk for ards- adult respiratory distress syndrome- which carries a high risk for complications and death. ...Read more

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How long is a person with RSV contagious?

How long is a person with RSV contagious?

Most ~ 8days: General viral sheading in RSV lasts 3-8 days in most; in some with complications they could shed for 4-6 wks. Droplet isolation(use of mask) & good handwashing will contain the spred in most cases.The germ can live for 1/2 hr on your hands and many hourd on surfaces. ...Read more

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Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Depends: If you had the nasal product this is a living virus and you could pass the "vaccine strain" to others.This might produce mild or no symptoms if passed. There is no way that you get or pass the injectable flu vaccine.It is a dead virus.If you had symptoms it is due to a reaction to getting the vaccine, not a flu. ...Read more

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How long is a cold virus contagious?

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How long is a cold virus contagious?

7-10days: 7-10 days, worst time is usually days 2-4. ...Read more

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How long is pneumonia contagious?

How long is pneumonia contagious?

Depends: Most pathogens that cause pneumonia are not contagious. Some organisms like MRSA can spread to healthy contacts and cause colonization. Some organisms like the virus, influenza can cause pneumonia and are contagious during the illness. Drug sensitive tuberculosis is contagious until several weeks into effective multi-drug therapy. ...Read more

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How does swine flu differ from the bird flu?

How does swine flu differ from the bird flu?

Passage through host: Avian flu normally has to go through swine before it can jump to infect humans. In 1997, a special type of avian flu was found to have skipped the step in swine, so that they could infect humans directly; luckily, there as no huge pandemic because humans couldn't transmit it to each other. ...Read more

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How long is the flu contagious for in nursing home?

How long is the flu contagious for in nursing home?

Up to 2 weeks?: The virus binds to and enters the tracheobronchial ciliated epithelium by utilizing the viral surface hemagglutinin (h antigen). Viral replication then occurs. Peak viral shedding occurs in the first 48 to 72 hours of exposure to the virus, then declines and becomes undetectable within 10 days. Children and immunocompromised people may shed virus for several weeks. [11]. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Balin
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Tamiflu (Definition)

Tamiflu is a flu/influenza agent which is a kind of anti-viral ...Read more


Swine Flu (Definition)

A human respiratory infection caused by an influenza strain ...Read more