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Which scientific name is given to swine flu?

Which scientific name is given to swine flu?

See below: It's confusing. The medical & disease bodies (e.g. Cdc) kept changing the name. But the two most accepted names are: pandemic a-h1n1/09 vaccine and a/california/7/2009 (h1n1)v-like virus. The latter one is technically the correct format for naming of influenza viruses. A - the type (a, b, or c); california - where it was isolated first (not detected); 7 - strain #; h1n1 - the two antigen types. ...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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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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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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What makes swine flu different from sars?

Different virus: Swine flu is the h1n1 variant of the human influenza virus. Sars is a form of the coronavirus. They both exhibit different mechanisms of replication in the cell and entry into the cell, have different replication rates, and different virulence factors. ...Read more

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Is swine flu as deadly as they the avian flu?

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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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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How does Fluzone High-Dose differ from other flu vaccines?

How does Fluzone High-Dose differ from other flu vaccines?

Fluzone High-Dose is an injected flu vaccine formulated for people age 65 years and older: Like other flu vaccines, Fluzone High-Dose is made up of the three flu strains most likely to cause the flu during the upcoming season. The high-dose vaccine, however, contains four times as much flu virus antigen — the part of the vaccine that stimulates the immune system — as regular Fluzone and other standard flu vaccines. In response to a regular flu shot, older people produce 50 to 75 percent fewer antibodies, which protect against the vaccine antigens, than do younger adults. Evidence that a high-dose flu vaccine can compensate for this difference originally comes from studies that found higher post-vaccine antibody levels in older people who received high-dose flu vaccine than in those who received standard flu vaccine. In addition, one study found almost 25 percent fewer cases of proven influenza in adults age 65 and older who took the high-dose vaccine compared with those who took the standard-dose vaccine. In the largest of three clinical studies comparing high-dose and standard-dose flu vaccine, those who received the high-dose vaccine were more likely to develop side effects, such as fever and soreness at the injection site, during the week after vaccination. The risks of flu complications are highest for people age 65 years and older, so protecting this group is particularly important. The Food and Drug Administration accelerated its approval of Fluzone High-Dose on the condition that studies will continue to evaluate the new vaccine's effect on seasonal flu outcomes, such as cases of flu and flu complications, in older people. If, over the next few years, Fluzone High-Dose turns out to be superior to regular flu vaccine by these measures, high-dose vaccine may become the vaccine of choice for older people. ...Read more

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Are there seasonality for sars, swine flu, bird flu?

Are there seasonality for sars, swine flu, bird flu?

No, yes, yes: Influenza tends to start in the late fall, peak through the winter and taper off in the spring. Sars occurred over 1.5 years and had sporadic outbreaks based on contacts and animal carriers, and hasn't been seen since 2004. ...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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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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How exactly is swine flu different from regular flu?

Diffent strains: The two are different strains for influenza a and have generally different affinity for hosts. ...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 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

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Is whooping cough and the croup the same diphtheria virus just different names?

Is whooping cough and the croup the same diphtheria virus just different names?

Not at All: Whooping cough is caused by bv.Pertussis. Croup is caused by many viruses diptheria is neither of the above and unique. The symptoms however may be similar. ...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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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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