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What are the treatment options for influenza virus a?

What are the treatment options for influenza virus a?

Influenza A: The treatment of influenza a can consist of 3 different avenues: 1) symptomatic treatment only, such as tylenol/advil/ibuprofen/decongestants, 2) antiviral medications if given within 48 hours of onset of illness, such as tamiflu or relenza, (zanamivir) or 3) doing absolutely nothing but rest and push fluids. You may do a combination of all three! most healthy individuals will tackle influenza with time. ...Read more

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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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What are the treatment options for influenza virus a?

Influenza A: The treatment of influenza a can consist of 3 different avenues: 1) symptomatic treatment only, such as tylenol/advil/ibuprofen/decongestants, 2) antiviral medications if given within 48 hours of onset of illness, such as tamiflu or relenza, (zanamivir) or 3) doing absolutely nothing but rest and push fluids. You may do a combination of all three! most healthy individuals will tackle influenza with time. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if an influenza virus encodes more than 1 hemagglutinin and/or neuraminidase (i.E: of different types) how would that virus be named?

Can you tell me if an influenza virus encodes more than 1 hemagglutinin and/or neuraminidase (i.E: of different types) how would that virus be named?

Flu viruses: The study of influenza or 'the flu' can get very complicated quite quickly. These viruses consist of genetic elements that can 'mix and match' with other flu viruses (such as bird flu). So although generally each virus is only coding for one H and one N - they could shuffle things about with a different virus. We call this reassortment. The naming system is quite complex- and there are 18 Hs, 11Ns ...Read more

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If the influenza virus is widespread in my area is it safe to go out and do normal things?

If the influenza virus is widespread in my area is it safe to go out and do normal things?

Influenza: You should be immunized yearly. If you have not done this, do it now. If you are in contact with people who may be ill, wash your hands frequently. You cannot be guaranteed not to become infected, but you can reduce the risk appreciably with common sense. Stay away from people obviously ill. Good luck. ...Read more

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What happens if you were out of the blue given a sealed vial with an influenza virus inside, what would you do with it?

Flu.vial: Interesting,question,if I definitely am told it flu virus,in the vial,I would want to know,where it came from,these days,one has to be careful,call the state health department,to inform proper authority,in these days of bioterrorism,take no chances. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the most common influenza virus?

Need advice on what is the the most common influenza virus?

Influenza 'A': Influenza 'a' is the most common type of seasonal virus impacting people in the U.S. There are many strains of flu. New influenza viruses are constantly evolving. Mutations can cause small changes in the hemagglutinin and neuraminidase antigens on the surface of the virus. This is called antigenic drift. The proteins are the 'h' and 'n' constituents labeled in 'h5n1' as an example of bird flu. ...Read more

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What is the human para-influenza virus?

What is the human para-influenza virus?

CDC says....: Here's a good article to address your question: http://www.cdc.gov/parainfluenza/ ...Read more

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How can you prevent infant from influenza virus ?

How can you prevent infant from influenza virus ?

Avoidance: The best way to avoid influenza is good hand hygiene and avoidance of exposure to infected individuals. The "flu" shot is very effective as well but not appropriate for infants <6 months old. Discuss with your provider. Avoid touching having people touch your baby around the eyes, nose and mouth. ...Read more

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Can there be any prevention of new influenza virus?

A Flu Shot: This is what the seasonal flu vaccine is designed for. ...Read more

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What's the best way to prevent infant from contracting influenza virus ?

What's the best way to prevent infant from contracting influenza virus ?

Influenza: If the infant is at least 6 months old, getting the flu shot will be the best protection. Other ways include non-exposure to a flu case, hand washing prior to handling the infant, wearing of masks by caretakers and breastfeeding. ...Read more

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What occurs if the immune system did not respond to the influenza virus or a cold virus?

Live or let die: This would be highly unusual since there are reserve system in the body to fight against virus. If you have absolutely no immune response, then you will have to wait till the virus dies out or kills you in the interim. However this scenario would be a highly unlikely one. ...Read more

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What's differance between mono , di , tri and quadrivalent influenza virus vaccine ?

What's differance between mono , di , tri and quadrivalent influenza virus vaccine ?

Flu vaccine: The trivalent covers 2 a strains ; 1 b strain, the quadrivalent covers 2a and 2b strains, the second b strain causes milder disease in adults and mostly affects children. The efficacy of the quadrivalent over the trivalent vaccine has not been established in preventing disease as it just got on the market in the us. The mono and di valent vaccines are not on the market. See the cdc.Gov site 4 info. ...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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I've recently received rabies treatment and will soon be working in a kindergarden. Should i worry about increased exposure to viruses and influenza?

No: The rabies treatments do not usually contain any immune suppressive medications, so you are not at any greater risk than anyone else for contracting an illness at work. However, proper hand hygiene and use of hand sanitizer is a must when working closely with 5- year olds! thanks for help caring for and teaching the kids! ...Read more

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What is the influenza type of virus?

Orthomyxoviridae: Influenza family of viruses (3 major ones- a, b, c) belong in the orthomyxoviridae family of single-stranded, segmented RNA viruses. Influenza a infects humans, birds, and certain mammals. It causes all flu pandemics. Influenza b virus is less common than influenza a, though it can infect seals. Influenza c virus infects humans and pigs, but is much less common, causing milder disease. ...Read more

Antigen (Definition)

Antigens are chemicals which upon exposure to the surface or inside of the body, will cause a reaction term allergic. Many substances will do this and allergic response is the basis for immunological protection for ...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