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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Influenza (Overview)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself and your loved ones.


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How does the influenza a virus subtype h5n1 spread to humans?

Contact with : Infected birds or pigs. H5n1, also called bird flu spreads to human through close contact with infected birds or other animals. Human to human spread is rare. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
2 doctors shared insights

Influenza (Overview)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself and your loved ones.


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Is itchy skin a flu symptom?

Is itchy skin a flu symptom?

Generally not: This is one of those symptoms which can have numerous causes and is impossible to diagnose accurately without a full picture of whatever else is going on. But this does not usually point to influenza. ...Read more

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Influenza symptoms&its protection ?

Influenza  symptoms&its protection
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Fast and can be bad: Fever, chills, achiness, cough, congestion, headache, sorethroat starting about 18-72 hours after exposure and u become contagious starting just around onset 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. Prevention is key--vaccination & handwashing.. Good luck. ...Read more

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Common signs/symptoms of influenza?

Common signs/symptoms of influenza?

Feel miserable.: Fever, chills, cough, body aches, fatigue, congestion. Some vomiting/diarrhea, (influenza is not same as stomach flu). I've heard these descriptions: "like a truck backed over me, and i wished he'd come back and finish the job." "everything hurt. My arms, my legs, my head. . . Fingernails and eyebrows hurt." "i hurt so badly, i couldn't even sleep." get shot-2 more strains could infect you. ...Read more

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How soon to return to work after influenza diagnosis?

How soon to return to work after influenza diagnosis?

5-7 days: Influenza is actually contagious 24 hours before the symptoms actually develop! the flu virus can be spread to others as far as 6 feet away--typically by droplets made when coughing, sneezing, or talking. This contagiousness may then last for another 5-7 days after the symptoms occur--hence the usual recommendation to not return to work for a week. Children remain contagious even longer. ...Read more

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Any quick and easy diagnostic test for influenza?

Flu test: There is a quick test for influenza done in your doctor's office although it will not rule out the flu if the test turns negative. ...Read more

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How do you know when to be hospitalized when you have influenza type b?

How do you know when to be hospitalized when you have influenza type b?

When your doc says: When to be hospitalized is a decision that only your doctor can make based on not only your symptoms but also your overall history and health. In this case, the reasons for hospitalization would likely revolve around supporting your respiratory function. Don't try to be your own doctor. If you're having problems, go see your doc right away. ...Read more

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What is the cause of influenza a?

What is the cause of influenza a?

Influenza A virus: Influenza viruses are categorized as influenza a or influenza b. Influenza a is the more common and more serious one. Usually two of the 3 strains in each influenza vaccine are influenza a viruses. ...Read more

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If someone close to me has influenza an now I am very sick does that mean I have it now?

Yes it may be: Yes it may be if you have the samy symptoms with high fever,head and bodyache,cough and congestion etc If in doubt consult your doctor ...Read more

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