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How do I prevent getting the stomach flu?

How do I prevent getting the stomach flu?

No guarantee: Best chance for prevention is get a flu shot, stay away from anyone who may have it, use disinfectant often. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


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How do I prevent getting the "stomach flu"?

How do I prevent getting the "stomach flu"?

Wash your hands: The viruses that cause stomach bugs are spread by contact and enter the body through your mouth, nose, or eyes. The best thing is to wash your hands well with soap and water. And do not rub your eyes or nose or touch your mouth with unwashed hands. Viruses also can travel in food or drinks. No sharing cups or food. Many viruses are contagious before symptoms, so looking well is no guarantee. ...Read more

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Can you prevent getting the stomach flu if you have already been exposed to norovirus?

Can you prevent getting the stomach flu if you have already been exposed to norovirus?

No: Stomach flu is usually a layman term for viral enteritis, which may be because of multiple other viruses other than norovirus. Norovirus does not even provide full immunity against itself. ...Read more

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What is the simplest way to prevent against the stomach flu?

What is the simplest way to prevent against the stomach flu?

Stomach flu: Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash wi warm water & soap for 20 seconds. Hand-sanitizer doesn't kill Norovirus. Use paper towel to turn off faucet & open door when exiting a public restroom. Antiseptic wipes can be used on doorknobs, keyboards & other surfaces if diluted bleach is not available. Wash dishes in dishwasher (vice hand-washing). Clean clothes which may be > ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a simple way to cure or prevent the stomach flu?

Anyone know what is a simple way to cure or prevent the stomach flu?

Prevention: Wash your hands well for at least 20 seconds often. Don’t touch your nose, eyes or mouth without clean hands. Don’t share the same cups, forks or spoons. Use disinfectants on solid surfaces. Bring sanitizer with you when you are out. Try to avoid contact with people who are sick. ...Read more

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How to prevent the stomach flu when you feel like you've already caught it?

How to prevent the stomach flu when you feel like you've already caught it?

Not much...: All you can do is wash hands frequently, avoid others who are known to have it, etc. Once you have it, im not aware of anything you can do to prevent it. See your doctor for medications to help you through it, though. ...Read more

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How do I prevent myself from having stomach flu if my roommate and boyfriend both have 24 hr stomach flu?

How do I prevent myself from having stomach flu if my roommate and boyfriend both have 24 hr stomach flu?

Stay away : Avoid contact with both until, their symptoms clear for 24 hrs.Wash your hands frequently when you restart contactt. ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine for preventing the "stomach flu"?

Is there a vaccine for preventing the "stomach flu"?

Not specificly: Although the polio vaccine & the rotovirus vaccine cover two germs that cause a diarrheal illness, there is none for the broad range of enteroviruses that cause the stomach flu. ...Read more

Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small ...Read more