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How Long Should You Stay Home With The Flu
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
How long are you contagious with the flu after starting tamiflu (oseltamivir)? My husband is home sick with type a flu and I will not let him leave our room!
Viruses live longer: ...On hard surfaces like doorknobs, phones & toothbrushes, up to ~48*, than on porous surfaces like fabric or paper, from 20min up to 1d. But in 2008 a study @ univ hospital of geneva showed flu viruses thriving in wet environments. On swiss money, viruses survived ~72* & when mixed w/human mucus, one type a strain remained active for 17d. Clean, clean, clean to kill the virus! ...Read more
Get vaccinated to prevent flu.
See this site for more info.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/flu/about/qa/disease. Htm. ...Read more
See below: Incubation period for influenza a & b averages 2 days (range 1-4 days). Avian flu (h5n1) incubation depends upon whether exposed to infected bird (less than 7 days) or to infected human (generally 3-5 days). Immunization with influenza vaccine &/or h5n1 vaccine is best preventive if you work in or travel to areas of high exposure risk. ...Read more
On average: It may take 6 to 10 days for the flu to resolve. ...Read more
One season: The influenza vaccine is developed against influenza strains that are thought to be the one (s) most likely to cause an influenza epidemic. If the "guess" is correct then the vaccine might protect >60%. If not, then protection might not be that high. The more people who receive vaccine increases herd immunity making it less likely that there will be an epidemic. Also decreases febrile colds by 50%. ...Read more
For colds: Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more
How long are people usually contagious with the flu or a cold (before and after symptoms appear)?
Hard to guess: Nobody really knows when one person stops being contagious with influenza (with or without Tamiflu treatment). One week out from the start of the illness (one can count from the first day of fever, aches, or cough) is safe, unless a person had a more severe illness or still has a lot of cough. In a more severe case, one can wait longer, such as until 3 days after no fever nor excessive cough. ...Read more
My daughters school sent home a note today saying she was exposed to the flu, what to look for and what to do of we get it?
The Flu: If you have the flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! In some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, 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
I was hit by the flu last Friday it came out of nowhere one minute I was fine the next I felt I was hit by a truck...How long will this last.
How long do it take the flu to be the flu for example if I tested for the flu one day and it was negative could I test positive the next day?
Flu tests: Rapid flu tests become positive from beginning of symptoms to 3-5 days after. However, there many tests in the market and the ability to adequately detect the viruses varies. ...Read more
5-10 days: The incubation period (time from contracting virus to time of symptoms) about 18-72 hours and viral shedding (contagious) start just around enset of symptoms or a bit before and continue for about 5-10 days. Young children may shed for longer period of time. With appropriate treatment/med, shedding should stop in about 72 hours. Preention is key--vaccination & handwashing. Good luck. ...Read more
The incubation period (time from contracting virus to time of symptoms) about 18-72 hours and viral shedding (contagious) start just around enset of symptoms or a bit before and continue for about 5-10 days. Young children may shed for longer period of time. With appropriate treatment/med, shedding should stop in about 72 hours. Preention is key--vaccination & handwashing.
Good luck. ...Read more
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