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What is being done about MRSA infections associated with influenza?

What is being done about MRSA infections associated with influenza?

Many things: #1 is prevention of influenza with vaccination, proper hand hygiene & cough etiquette.Early diagnosis of flu & treatment within the first 48 hours of symptoms may help.Knowing if you are colonized with mrsa/mssa & attempting de-colonization may help.Early recognition & appropriate antibiotics for mrsa/mssa following flu is crucial. In the future: an anti-toxin against mrsa/mssa pvl-toxin may help? ...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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I was treated for H influenza Bacteria in my sinuses. Now I have NON MRSA staph in my sinuses. How did I get staph when already on antibiotics?

I was treated for H influenza Bacteria in my sinuses. Now I have NON MRSA staph in my sinuses. How did I get staph when already on antibiotics?

Where was culture?: It is not possible to know if the culture was taken from the sinuses, unless you had an operative procedure. The only entrance to the sinuses is in the lateral wall of the nose. Was the culture taken from the nose. What antibiotic were you taking? Even the nostril possesses S. aureus. Also the antibiotic may not have been effective against S. aureus. Need to know more. ...Read more

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I was diagnosis with endoscapy/culture for H influenza Bacteria . Now I have NON MRSA staph. How did I get staph in my sinuses when already on antibiotics?

I was diagnosis with endoscapy/culture for H influenza Bacteria .  Now I have NON MRSA staph. How did I get staph in my sinuses when already on antibiotics?

Different antibiotic: for different bacteria. Different bacteria often require different antibiotics to control their growth. Non-MRSA staph in the nose is not a disease and may not require any treatment depending on your health conditions. ...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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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 (oseltamivir). Influenza ususally lasts 7-10days, and tamiflu (oseltamivir) only reduces the duration by 1-2 days, so even with tamiflu (oseltamivir), 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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What is the definition or description of: influenza?

What is the definition or description of: influenza?

Influenza: 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 and your loved ones. ...Read more

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How do I prevent influenza?

How do I prevent influenza?

Flu prevention: The best way to keep from getting flu is to maintain good hand hygiene. Regular handwashing and/or use of hand wipes or gels if you cannot get to soap and water, goes a long way in minimizing your risk of acquiring infection. Try to do this after handling objects in public places. Getting the annual flu shot may also minimize your risk. ...Read more

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Can someone die from influenza a?

Can someone die from influenza a?

Yes: Influenza a can be deadly. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with underlying health problems are at the greatest risk; but even perfectly healthy people can die from it. That is why we strongly encourage everyone to be immunized. We know that we can't predict who will have a severe case; and everyone who gets influenza risks harming others when it spreads. ...Read more

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Can you get influenza by kissing?

Yes, Influenza can: Be transmitted via kissing. The flu virus is dispersed as droplets in the air when a person talks, sings, coughs or sneezes. You can than inhale those droplets ; become infected. Or the droplets may contaminate an item which you touch. If you then go on to touch your eyes, mouth or nose you can become infected. ...Read more

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What is the cause of influenza a?

Influenza A virus: Influenza viruses are categorized as influenza a or influenza b. Influenza a is the more common and more serious one. Usually two of the 3 strains in each influenza vaccine are influenza a viruses. ...Read more

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Common signs/symptoms of influenza?

Common signs/symptoms of influenza?

Feel miserable.: Fever, chills, cough, body aches, fatigue, congestion. Some vomiting/diarrhea, (influenza is not same as stomach flu). I've heard these descriptions: "like a truck backed over me, and i wished he'd come back and finish the job." "everything hurt. My arms, my legs, my head. . . Fingernails and eyebrows hurt." "i hurt so badly, i couldn't even sleep." get shot-2 more strains could infect you. ...Read more

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Is influenza caused by a coronavirus?

Is influenza caused by a coronavirus?

Coronavirus: can be cause of common cold, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome. However, I don't believe it is responsible for influenza. Hopefully, another provider will be able to confirm my later statement. ...Read more

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Can you take antivirals for influenza?

Can you take antivirals for influenza?

Antiviral medication: In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, (zanamivir) 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. ...Read more

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How are influenza viruses are transmitted?

How are influenza viruses are transmitted?

Droplets: Influenza viruses are primarily transmitted from one person to another by droplets through talking, sneezing or coughing. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for viral influenza?

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What is the prognosis for viral influenza?

Good: it is a viral infection- a self limiting disease in majority cases as long as your immune system is intact. the disease can be severe in immuno-compromised people. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of influenza?

Among others: Aches and fevers are very non-specific and could be due to dozens of infectious and non-infectious conditions. With influenza may also see respiratory tract symptoms, GI symptoms, severe chills, etc. The only way however to know if is influenza is through testing for the virus or later on, antibodies to the virus. ...Read more

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