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Influenza B Contagious Period
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
Diagnosed with Influenza B Thursday. Had a fever (99-102) since Tuesday. Fever won't go away. Should I be worried?
No: The febrile phase of influenza B can last 7 days (sucks big time, doesn't it). Make sure to keep yourself well hydrated. If temp is going over 104 or you develop worsening cough and/or shortness of breath, seek medical care again as you can develop a secondary pneumonia. In the future, to avoid this, get flu vaccine EVERY YEAR! Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
I'm 27 years old have influenza B have a 5-year old how much is she at risk I'm scared to give this to her how do I prevent it?
Stay home/wash hands: Influenza is highly contagious, especially by droplet transmission. That means that by coughing, sneezing, or talking as many as six feet away from someone can transmit the disease to them. It is also believed that less often, influenza can be transmitted by touching a surface with the virus on it and then touching the face. So, stay home to avoid people, wash hands often, and clean surfaces. ...Read more
Hopefully: You don't go to school with any active viral symptoms. ...Read more
Yes but: Yes, but not usually as the only symptoms. Other viruses like parvovirus b19 are more likely to cause joint symptoms without other symptoms. ...Read more
Ok have influenza B some docs saying to give my 5 year old tamiflu (oseltamivir) unless she has symptoms some says do to protect her what to do confused?
Tamiflu (oseltamivir): Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is effective not by treating influenza but more by shortening the duration of the illness from 7 days to maybe 5 days and by making the illness less severe. The catch T is that costs are not covered by insurance and can cost $125 to $300 per course of treatment. If you got the dough you could try it. You may also want to treat siblings and family before they get sick. IHIW ...Read more
Have influenza b have a toddler that's 5 should she be tested what are signdd in toddlers doc don't want to prescribe tamiflu (oseltamivir) cuz it's make it short?
Hmmm: If you're positive for influenza, it is reasonable to treat any of your close contacts with a preventative dose of Tamiflu. Your child should not be tested per se, if there are no symptoms. Symptoms for a five-year-old would be similar to those for any age: fever, body aches, nasal congestion and cough, etc. If she has flu, it will likely be obvious. ...Read more
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
I was diagnosed as having influenza B 4 days ago. I started tamiflu, (oseltamivir) and been having shortness of breath since. Side effect of drug or symptom of flu?
I am a 29 yr old female that is suffering from an ear infection and very blocked ear after influenza B I have been prescribed kenacomb and I am still suffering from a very blocked ear I have been using it for 2 d
Influenza b 3 weeks ago. Major symptoms are gone but turned into laryngitis for 2 of those wks. Sore throat better, but no voice?! Is this normal w/flu?
At times: Almost half of pts get a second infection after the flu. It deceases or weakens your immune system. ...Read more
Tested positive for influenza b, and on day 6 of the flu started getting a sore throat, but fever is gone now. Strep test negative. Cause?
Was hospitalized for influenza b with low white blood cells, neutrophils, and platelets. Counts have slowly been rising after starting tamiflu (oseltamivir). Ultrasound revealed slightly enlarged spleen 13cm?
Improving?: It sounds like things are improving. I would not be too worried about an enlarged spleen at this point as this can happen with a systemic infection. However, it needs to be at least followed, like the blood work. Right now, the most important thing is how you are feeling clinically. ...Read more
What is the most common bacteria that cause meningitis in post neonatal period is it hemophillus influenza type b or streptococcus pneumonae?
Started feeling bad on monday night diagnosed with influenza an on tuesday afternoon. Got a prescription for tamifl feeling better am I still contagious?
Yes. : Although rare, it does sometimes happen. Last week I had a little girl who presented with influenza symptoms, and tested positive for influenza an in my office. I am part of a dept of health survey site, and sent an additional specimen to the state lab, which identified both influenza a and b in this unfortunate girl. She recovered with tamiflu (oseltamivir). ...Read more
Highly unlikely: It is almost impossible to have 2 separate flu strains at the same time. ...Read more
Got treated for influenza A. Was hospitalized for 4 days. Am I still contagious? Can I pass it on to others even after a week?
Been on tamiflu (oseltamivir) for influenza a for over 24 hours. Also, been over 24 hours since fever. Am I still contagious?
I got treated for influenza a, doctors made me stay in the hospital for 4 days, discharged me but asked me to wear a mask. How long am I contagious?
Unsure: Why you need a mask. It's probably a decision more of culture than medicine ...Read more
Yes: It is contagiousmore or les for 5 to 7 days but during the last epidemic it occurred to 10 days. ...Read more
Gastroenteritis: I prefer to use gastroenteritis to describe what people refer to as the 'stomach flu', vomiting, diarrhea, sometimes accompanied by fever. It is usually casused by a viruses-this year we are seeing a lot of norovirus. Gastroenteritis can also be caused by bacteria-like e. Coli, salmonella, shigella, yersinia, campylobacter. It is not influenza (respiratory illnes, longer lasting, severe). ...Read more
Can my 4 year old take cough medicine and tamiflu (oseltamivir) at the same time? Positive influenza test 4 days ago, lingering cough, fever free 48 hours. Contagious?
Yes, most: Over-the-counter children's cough medications can be taken with Tamiflu, (oseltamivir) but the cough medication may not have any added benefit and will not shorten the course. If he/she is still coughing, I would consider him/her to still be somewhat contagious through those respiratory droplets released by the cough, although one is most contagious while the fever is there ...Read more