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How Long Is Swine Flu Contagious With Tamiflu
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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. . ...Read more
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