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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
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
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
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.
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