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Doctor insights on: Lifestyle Factors Affecting Influenza

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How do you know when to be hospitalized when you have influenza type b?

How do you know when to be hospitalized when you have influenza type b?

When your doc says: When to be hospitalized is a decision that only your doctor can make based on not only your symptoms but also your overall history and health. In this case, the reasons for hospitalization would likely revolve around supporting your respiratory function. Don't try to be your own doctor. If you're having problems, go see your doc right away. ...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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What do you recommend for influenza?

What do you recommend for influenza?

Prevention with shot: Prevention is the best answer. Although the flu vaccine isn't 100%, it offers your best chance of avoiding or getting a milder case of influenza. If you have influenza and you've been sick <48hr, your doctor might prescribe tamiflu. Influenza ususally lasts 7-10days, and tamiflu only reduces the duration by 1-2 days, so even with tamiflu, you won't feel better quickly, but may be less severe. ...Read more

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Influenza symptoms&its protection ?

Influenza  symptoms&its protection
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Fast and can be bad: Fever, chills, achiness, cough, congestion, headache, sorethroat starting about 18-72 hours after exposure and u become contagious starting just around onset of symptoms or a bit before and continue for about 5-10 days. Young children may shed for longer period of time. With appropriate treatment/med, shedding should stop in about 72 hours. Prevention is key--vaccination & handwashing.. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I keep from spreading influenza?

How can I keep from spreading influenza?

Basic stuff: First, get vaccinated so you don't get it in the first place. But if you do get it, stay home, wash your hands often, sneeze into your arm rather than your hand, and avoid touching or kissing people. ...Read more

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How many forms of influenza exist?

How many forms of influenza exist?

3: Influenza a, b, c. The first two are the most common in humans. The virus mutates all the time and so a new vaccine is necessary every year based on predictions of what the top subtypes or serotypes will be. The vaccine has two a subtypes and one b. ...Read more

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How could i not get influenza?

Hygiene: Since you can't live in a bubble, keep away form people who you know have the flu, wash your hands, cover your cough and sneeze and get the flu shot ! ...Read more

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Influenza symptoms appear after 5 hours of exposure a possibility?

Influenza symptoms appear after 5 hours of exposure a possibility?

Influenza: Unlikely. The typical incubation period for influenza is 1—4 days (average 2 days). Adults shed influenza virus from the day before symptoms begin through 5—10 days after illness onset. However, the amount of virus shed, and presumably infectivity varies. You may have been exposed earlier without knowing it. ...Read more

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How many times can you get influenza each year?

Usually once: There is usually just one strain of influenza that circulates in the community each year. However, there are exceptions, especially if you're traveling to different parts of the world, or if you were to catch both influenza and parainfluenza. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my influenza go away?

How fast can I make my influenza go away?

Antiviral: In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. 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 or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! ...Read more

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