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Doctor insights on: Influenza Or Swine Flu

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Dr. Al Hegab
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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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Can avian flu give you swine flu?

Can avian flu give you swine flu?

No: Each subtype of flu (eg avian vs swine) are different viruses, meaning they have different genetics. One does not predispose to the other but you can be infected with one and then later another type of flu. ...Read more

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Swine flu reoccurrence? Can someone get swine flu twice?

Swine flu reoccurrence? Can someone get swine flu twice?

Short answer - yes: Swine flu is really only one form of several strains of influenza. Sometimes the doctor or nurse practitioner calls your illness "flu-like"(like swine flu) and treats you for it empirically, even without specifically testing for flu (nose swab test). Later, if you have a repeat of similar symptoms, then this could be labelled a recurrence of "swine flu". My office tests for flu--not swine flu. ...Read more

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Can swine flu be prevented by taking swine flu vaccination?

Can swine flu be prevented by taking swine flu vaccination?

Yes: While no vaccine is 100% effetive, the h1n1 vaccine is highly effective at preventing infection with h1n1 virus, and preventing death and serious illness from h1n1. ...Read more

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How are swine flu and seasonal flu different?

Differences: This is the best I have seen to help differentiate: http://www.Newmilfordschools.Org/gibbs/nurse/cold_flu_swine_flu.Pdf. ...Read more

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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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Symptoms of bird flu and other avian flu?

Symptoms of bird flu and other avian flu?

Agree w Dr. Singh.: Symptoms of avian flu include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches ; pains ; occasionally conjunctivitis or gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting or diarrhea). Complications can include pneumonia, respiratory failure, as well as renal ; cardiac complications. It has been lethal in > 50% of infected people. ...Read more

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Is swine flu fatal?

Is swine flu fatal?

Any flu...: ...Can be fatal in rare cases. Swine flu had a higher mortality in otherwise healthy individuals than the strains of flu active in recent years, but it certainly was not universally fatal. ...Read more

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Is the avian flu a foodborne illness?

Is the avian flu a foodborne illness?

No: Avian flu is an airborne disease. You must breathe it in. It attacks the lungs. ...Read more

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What is h1n1 flu or swine flu?

A viral flu strain: H1n1 refers to the proteins that make up the critical parts of this particular flu virus. For example, h5n1 is a common flu virus that attacks some years. "swine flu" is a misnomer. Flu viruses are named after their original hosts, and the h1n1 virus we've been dealing with is actually a combination of avian, human and swine flu dna mixed together. Also, it's the same spanish flu from 1918. ...Read more

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Is swine flu as deadly as they the avian flu?

Flu is flu: The swine flu of 2009 was fortunately not as deadly as anticipated. Flu is flu and affects the most susceptible (usually the young and old) the worst. Each flu outbreak is a slightly different strain then the last one so it is hard to say which is worst as an outbreak is affected by season, temperature, crowding, and susceptibility of the population. Keep up vitamin d levels, wash hands, eat well. ...Read more

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Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Depends: If you had the nasal product this is a living virus and you could pass the "vaccine strain" to others.This might produce mild or no symptoms if passed. There is no way that you get or pass the injectable flu vaccine.It is a dead virus.If you had symptoms it is due to a reaction to getting the vaccine, not a flu. ...Read more

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Is there a swine flu vaccine?

Is there a swine flu vaccine?

Which one ?: The general label "swine flu" has been applied to several strains of flu. A vaccine was developed to the H1N1 that circulated in 2009, and included in several seasonal flu shots since that time. Since other strains have also carried this non-specific label, you need to be more specific for a firm answer. ...Read more

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Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

Not really: Bird flu is transmitted after contact with infected surfaces - so, if one has contact with infected surfaces then bird flu can be contracted. Having said that - bird flu is exceedingly rare (and hasn't been documented in the western hemisphere at all) and thus you are much more likely to get salmonella or campylobacter (usually causing food poisoning/diarrhea) from uncooked chicken more than flu. ...Read more

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Is swine flu different from regular flu?

Differences: This is the best I have seen to help differentiate: http://www.Newmilfordschools.Org/gibbs/nurse/cold_flu_swine_flu.Pdf. ...Read more

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How does swine flu differ from the bird flu?

How does swine flu differ from the bird flu?

Passage through host: Avian flu normally has to go through swine before it can jump to infect humans. In 1997, a special type of avian flu was found to have skipped the step in swine, so that they could infect humans directly; luckily, there as no huge pandemic because humans couldn't transmit it to each other. ...Read more

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Is a flu shot or flu mist more effective?

Is a flu shot or flu mist more effective?

Same effectiveness: A flu shot or flu mist are both just as effective. The flu mist has some age restrictions, and persons with some medical conditions (such as ongoing asthma symptoms) should not get the flu mist. A few years ago, a study suggested that younger children may get more protection from the flu mist, but in any one individual patient, there's no way to tell if there is a difference between shot and mist. ...Read more

Swine Flu (Definition)

A human respiratory infection caused by an influenza strain ...Read more