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Doctor insights on: Para Flu Virus

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Are our bodies capable of fighting a flu virus on their own?

Are our bodies capable of fighting a flu virus on their own?

Most often - yes.: Most people make it through the flu without antivirals or other medications.

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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How do people get infected with the flu virus?

How do people get infected with the flu virus?

Many ways: Droplets. Someone coughs or sneezes in your vicinity and you inhale the virus.Hand touching is also a common method of transmission. Hand washing often is the most effective way to slow transmission.

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Can u get the flu virus more than once in the season?

Can u get the flu virus more than once in the season?

Yes: The flu can be caused by different strains of influenza virus. That's why a flu shot has more than one type of attenuated strain. It is possible to get the flu from different viruses, and a flu shot may not protect you from some different strain that you are infected from. So you could get the flu more than once, and from a different strain.

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What's the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

What's the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

Both are viruses: Flu and cold both are caused by viruses. Flu is caused by influenza virus and common cold is caused by one of the rhino viruses and not bacteria.

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What are the symptoms of the flu virus in a 3 year old child?

What are the symptoms of the flu virus in a 3 year old child?

Fever: Fever, cough, sore throat, generally not feeling well, achiness, being around those with flu. We see lots of colds that are actually flu. Kids do well with illnesses when their immune systems are strong. See your child's doctor and see if they rest for the flu if you are worried.

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Should I go to my exam later today for flu virus or cold bacteria?

Should I go to my exam later today for flu virus or cold bacteria?

Not advisable.: If you have headache, muscle aches and pains or fever you may do poorly on your exam. Additionally you spread your infection to other people.

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How can you tell the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

How can you tell the difference between flu virus or cold bacteria?

Bacteria don't cause: Both colds and flu are caused by viruses. Flu hits like a ton of bricks--you're fine and an hour later you have a chill, then a fever and ache all over. Colds come on slower, rarely cause much of a fever or bad muscle pains. Go get a flu shot next month and you won't get a chance to find out first hand.

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Hi docs, could your body fight off the flu virus without any medical intervention?

Hi docs, could your body fight off the flu virus without any medical intervention?

Yes: Bottom line is that most people (but not all) recover from influenza without medical intervention. Some people do take antiviral medications in the first 48 hours of sx's.

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When I get fever, body pains, etc…, does the fever cause the body pains or does the flu virus cause the body pains?

When I get fever, body pains, etc…, does the fever cause the body pains or does the flu virus cause the body pains?

No pain due to fever: Fever is part of the body's response to infection, mediated by the release of chemicals (cytokines) from inflammatory cells directed against the agent causing infection. The same is at least partially true for the muscle pain, although there may be some breakdown of muscle cells by the virus (myositis).

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Could flu virus mutate every year?

Could flu virus mutate every year?

Yes: This is one of the reasons influenza vaccine has to be reformulated each year.

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How long does a flu virus last in general?

How long does a flu virus last in general?

About 24 hours in: The environment. Flu virus is present and shed from an infected person for about a week. On inanimate objects it usually does not last longer than 24 hours, mostly about 4 hours.

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What are some free remedies for the flu virus?

What are some free remedies for the flu virus?

Rest, fluids, soup: The "flu" is a bad bug. We recommend getting vaccinated to prevent this illness. To treat for "free" try increasing fluids, resting (important to prevent spread) and chicken noodle soup. Why? Because if mom, wife, partner makes it for you there is someone trying to make you better and this helps recovery. By the way-where are you seeing flu now? Our surveillance isn't showing this anywhere now.

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How much time does a flu virus last on objects?

Good question: Because a virus is DNA or RNA, I used to think that a virus could not survive at all outside a cell. In reviewing the literature a while ago, I found to my surprise that some viruses can remain for days or weeks on inanimate objects and in water or sewage for very long periods of time. So it depends on the virus but they can survive outside the body for days to months.

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Is it possible to exterminate the flu virus for good?

No: You may develop immunity to one or more types of influenza virus by having been infected or immunized, but this virus undergoes regular changes in its make-up and the new strain present in the community can infect you even if you are immune to other strains. On the other hand, if you are asking about recovery from infection, when you recover you will rid of that strain of flu virus.

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How would you know the flu virus is leaving your system?

7-10 days: Viral shedding in influenza will usually stop 7 days after the start of illness. In children the viral shedding can be somewhat longer.

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For how long will the flu virus stay "viable" on objects?

It may: Sstudies have shown that influenza virus can persist in a viable form on "fomites" (door handles, keyboards, telephones etc.,), for up to 8 hours. That is why we always tell people to wash your hands. Other ways to avoid influenza are to get your vaccine annually, and use hand sanitize when in public to reduce transmission.

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Can you tell me how long does a flu virus last on objects?

Can you tell me how long does a flu virus last on objects?

Flu virus: Majority of flu viruses can remain alive on a nonporous surface for one to two days (avian influenaz may live up to 6 days) and 12 or less hours on a porous surface.

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