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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
Yes: One of the major problems with influenza infections is that they can defeat the body's defense system and let other germs cause disease. Pneumonia caused by bacteria is a particular worry. Once your symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue) start to improve, they should continue to improve. If there is any worsening, contact your doctor right away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
New bird flu: So far there has been no person to person spread of this new strain out of china.It has been limited to those with intimate contact with birds in the raising or preparation for sale. Many birds have been removed & destroyed in an attempt to limit the spread of this strain.As long as the kids are kept away from these birds they should be safe. The cdc & who are monitoring the situation. ...Read more
Yes: Antibiotics do not provide any protection , nor do they treat influenza. If your family was vaccinated, they are less likely to catch your influenza, but the vaccine is not 100% effective. Good handwashing and decontamination of shared objects (doorknobs, refrigerator, faucets etc), cough and sneeze into your sleeve. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is an antiviral that can be used to prevent flu when exposed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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