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Doctor insights on: Influenza A Virus H1 H3 Subtyping

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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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Influenza (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Ok so I have the influenza B virus had flu shot so has my 5 year old so if she did contract it would symptoms be milder?

Ok so I have the influenza B virus had flu shot so has my 5 year old so if she did contract it would symptoms be milder?

MAYBE: Every year a number of flu strains circle the globe and various sites keep track and report their activity. Vaccine makers pick 3-4 strains in early spring to put in the fall shot, based on those with the most activity.Too many strains would weaken the individual strength against each strain.With luck, the vaccine will boost general flu immunity enough to make it mild for those who get it anyway ...Read more

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Will the influenza virus mix with the avian flu this winter? How soon will the doctors know? September?

Will the influenza virus mix with the avian flu this winter?  How soon will the doctors know?  September?

Defunct disease: Avian flu peaked many years ago and disappeared almost as quickly as it surfaced. While another similar strain may emerge, that one is gone.The vaccine for the coming season will contain representative strains now present in active circulation. ...Read more

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There are over 200 strains of the influenza virus. How many of those does the flu shot prevent?

There are over 200 strains of the influenza virus. How many of those does the flu shot prevent?

2014 – 2015 Flu Shot: Trivalent works against 3 influenza viruses – Influenza A viruses (H3N2 & H1N1) & 1 influenza B virus. Quadrivalent & the live attenuated Influenza vaccine work against these & a second influenza B virus. ...Read more

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How to avoid the viral infection? The other answers are correct. Are you looking for examples? Some viral infections clear up on their own and the body builds antibodies and rids itself of the virus, as is the case with influenza (the flu), colds, and int

How to avoid the viral infection? The other answers are correct. Are you looking for examples? Some viral infections clear up on their own and the body builds antibodies and rids itself of the virus, as is the case with influenza (the flu), colds, and int

See below: Viral infections can be very mild in healthy individuals. They can almost "fly under the radar screen" in that they may only last for a day or two. To avoid infections or to have the infections pass quickly it is recommended to get plenty of sleep, eat healthfully and drink alcohol in moderation. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have the normal influenza or the swine flu?

How to determine if I have the normal influenza or the swine flu?

Lab test would be: Definitive. Regular influenza usually does not include GI problems but the swine flu can cause diarrhea as well as nausea & vomiting in children. ...Read more

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I get flu easily...Can u give me some advices to avoid influenza? Thank u....

I get flu easily...Can u give me some advices to avoid influenza? Thank u....

handwashing and rest: One of the best things you can do to reduce the chances of getting sick is to wash your hands properly and often. Soap and water are fine, and alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also very effective. Keeping your immune system in good shape is also important, so make sure you are getting enough sleep, keep stress low and eat properly. ...Read more

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What to do if I have asthma and have caught the flu (influenza)?

What to do if I have asthma and have caught the flu (influenza)?

See doc: If you are having an asthma attack after contracting the flu, you may need a short course of cortisone. Each exacerabation is associated with loss in lung function if not controlled in time. Do see your doc ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between swine influenza and the regular flu? Is there a special treatment for the swine influenza?

How can I tell the difference between swine influenza and the regular flu? Is there a special treatment for the swine influenza?

See below: "swine flu" viruses do not normally infect humans, but human infections with "swine flu" have occurred. These viruses are called “variant viruses.” both swine and regular flu have similar clinical symptoms. Depending on local resources, some labs have ability to test for non-human influenza viruses. Oseltamivir or zanamivir can be used for treatment. ...Read more

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How are swine flu or influenza and normal flu or influenza distinguished from each other?

How are swine flu or influenza and normal flu or influenza distinguished from each other?

They are all type A: Flu viruses, whether designated as swine or avian depends on where the virus primarily originated. All type a influenza viruses can interchange parts of their RNA with other type a flus. ...Read more

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Been sick for 10 days. Been to Dr they say influenza but didn't do swab. Not getting better. Could I die from flu? Had vaccine. Read about death myage

Been sick for 10 days. Been to Dr they say influenza but didn't do swab. Not getting better. Could I die from flu? Had vaccine. Read about death myage

Likely not influenza: Hi - given your symptoms influenza is not likely unless you have other symptoms besides the ones listed above. Flu symptoms include cough, fever, chills; also commonly muscle aches especially in the legs. Your lack of respiratory symptoms makes me worry about another virus OR another illness entirely. Very few healthy adults die from flu. ...Read more

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My baby boy is 6+ month now (is that influenza vaccination good for him at this age so that i can protect him from flu and complication....Is it safe)?

My baby boy is 6+ month now (is that influenza vaccination good for him at this age so that i can protect him from flu and complication....Is it safe)?

It's good!: The flu can make some people much sicker than others. It can lead to pneumonia, ; make existing medical conditions worse. It can cause diarrhea ; seizures in infants/children. Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, ; many more are hospitalized. The flu vaccine is the best protection we have-esp against its complications. It helps prevent spread to/from others. It's safe. ...Read more

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How to want to remove influenza(flu)..?

How to want to remove influenza(flu)..?

If you have 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 w/n first couple of days of sx’s to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Can influenza flu cause myocarditis months later?

Yes: But usually it develops weeks after the episode of respiratory symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it ok for someone to get influenza (the flu) 2-3 times every year?!

Influenza: No. Many other viruses are there which can give like influenza like symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bird flu(avian influenza)?

What are the symptoms of bird flu(avian influenza)?

H5N1 avian influenza: Causes a severe influenza transmitted directly from infected birds or their droppings to humans. The disease is generally a severe, progressive respiratory disease with a 50% mortality rate. Fortunately, it does not easily spread from person to person. ...Read more

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What has been done to control or eliminate the possible spread of the avian influenza (bird flu)?

Low risk: This is not transmitted from person to person at this time, so only the rare occurrence of close contact with infected birds has resulted in human disease. Many birds have been sacrificed to limit spread in the poultry industry when it's been identified. ...Read more

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The past 4 days i've had flu symptoms, but very lighted, continous headache urgent care ruled out influenza i feel somewhat dilerious, any ideas?

The past 4 days i've had flu symptoms, but very lighted, continous headache urgent care ruled out influenza i feel somewhat dilerious, any ideas?

Dehydration: Drink 2 glasses of warm water initially, then 1 glass every 30 min for next two hours, then 1 glass every hour for rest of day. You should be urinating every hour and urine should be clear. Do this for one day and you will feel better much faster. ...Read more

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Which vaccination will help me not catch an influenza, cold, or flu?

FLU shot: The flu shot will help to prevent you from getting influenza/flu but will not protect from colds. ...Read more

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What is the most dangerous strain of the flu or influenza?

Avian flu: Avian flu is the kind that in recent asian outbreaks had the highest mortality rate; swine flu was less severe, but still had higher morbidity and mortality than regular winter flu (because we usually have some immunity from our past exposure to regular winter flu). ...Read more

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Is there a cure for the swine flu aka: h1n1 influenza a?

Antivirals: There are antiviral medications which can modify and shorten the duration and severity of influenza, but no cure other than allowing it to run its course and become immune to that strain. A better idea would be to maintain your immunity through vaccination yearly. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more