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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

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How long does the flu last?

How long does the flu last?

Flu: Its variable but generally symptoms resolve within a week. You may take OTC medications for symptom relief along with rest and hydration. If symptoms persist or worsen, consult your physician. Read more

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How long does the flu last?

How long does the flu last?

About a week: Typically about one week as long as there are no secondary infections. Read more

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How long should the flu last?

How long should the flu last?

Flu: Symptoms can last from a few days to a few weeks with the severe symptoms last from 3 to 10 days. Read more

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How long does the flu live on surfaces?

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

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Normally, how long would the flu typically last?

7-10 days: Influenza symptoms generally last 7-10 days. A persistant dry cough, worse at night, may continue for several additional weeks. Read more

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How long does it take for a baby to recover from the flu?

How long does it take for a baby to recover from the flu?

Longer: Babies and flu is not a good combination. They have a very immature immune system and can have a higher rate of complications. It usually take longer for infants. Make sure in the future you and your child get the flu vaccine. Read more

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Where do I go to find most info on at home remedies for the flu?

Where do I go to find most info on at home remedies for the flu?

None effective: Get vaccinated to prevent flu. See this site for more info. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/flu/about/qa/disease. Htm. Read more

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Why students should stay home if they are showing symptoms of the flu?

Why students should stay home if they are showing symptoms of the flu?

Flu virus: Patient infected with flu can spread the infection to others one day before symptoms and up to 7 days after onset. Children can be contagious for more than 1 week. Read more

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How long after being exposed to the flu will symptoms start to appear?

How long after being exposed to the flu will symptoms start to appear?

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

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I'd really like to know how to cure the flu at home without medication?

I'd really like to know how to cure the flu at home without medication?

No cure for flu: You don't "cure" the flu. It's a viral infection, and we have a cure for only one viral infection: hepatitis c. The flu just has to get better on its own. The only things we know of that will speed that process up are anti-influenza drugs like tamiflu (oseltamivir). Read more

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I am in day 3 of the flu what steps should I take while recovering at home?

I am in day 3 of the flu what steps should I take while recovering at home?

Rest/Hrdration: Keep yourself hydrated, rest and try to maintain simple food intake. Avoid stressful physical activity, keep fever control with cool compress. Avoid fatty spicy foods. Keep your hands clean, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze Read more

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How long does the flu last for? At what point should you seek medical attention?

How long does the flu last for? At what point should you seek medical attention?

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

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How long after being exposed to someone with the flu would you begin to show symptoms?

How long after being exposed to someone with the flu would you begin to show symptoms?

Two to four days: Usually influenza transmission is rapid and time from exposure to illness may be within a 2 to 4 day window. Read more

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What home remedies and methods are useful with expediting recovery from a cold or the flu?

What home remedies and methods are useful with expediting recovery from a cold or the flu?

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

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Is there any home remedies or any quick ways to cure the flu or at least for it to leave faster?

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! Read more

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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.

3-5 days: The main symptoms of fever, aches and pains, loss of appetite and fatigue should last about 3-5 days typically. Sometimes, fatigue after that can last 1-2 weeks longer. Hope that helps. Read more

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