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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. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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 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. ...Read more

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How much time does a flu virus last on objects?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I'm sick with the flu virus influza how long does it to clear up?

I'm sick with the flu virus influza how long does it to clear up?

Influenza: The major symptoms of the flu usually last for about 2 to 5 days. But you may don’t be surprised if it takes a week or more to get back up to speed. ...Read more

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What's the best thing to stop a cough being the end of a bad flu virus?

What's the best thing to stop a cough being the end of a bad flu virus?

Cough: You may want to see your doctor for cough medicine with codeine or Tessalon Perles, (benzonatate) which can stop the tickle. If unable to see a doctor, try cough medicine with dextromethorphan (DM). Take as directed on the bottle. Stay hydrated, drink 6-8 glasses of water daily. ...Read more

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Could my body fight off the flu virus without any medical intervention?

Could my body fight off the flu virus without any medical intervention?

Sure: If you are reasonably healthy. But that doesn't negate the fact that the flu is a debilitating illness that really knocks people back on their heels for sometimes weeks. An depending on the particular flu strain out there, young healthy people can be as seriously afflicted as the old and debilitated. I encourage you to get the flu shot. ...Read more

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Is there a way to completely protect your child (ren) from the flu virus?

No: Yearly vaccinations are the best way although they are not 100% effective. Avoid those people who are infected and frequent hand washings help. ...Read more

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If two people get the same type of cold or flu virus, will they have the same symptoms?

If two people get the same type of cold or flu virus, will they have the same symptoms?

Same or different: No one is the same so their symtoms will be slightly different but generally they will have similar symptoms. ...Read more

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And how long does the flu virus remain in the area once the victim becomes healthy again?

Flu virus: Can live on surfaces for at least 8 hours after contact. Your shedding of the virus usually persist until after the fever has subsided. Once you no longer have a fever, the ability to spread the virus goes down quickly, but the best practice is still to wash your hands frequently during a flu outbreak. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be imune from the flu virus? Everyone in my family has had the flu but I have never had the flu.

Is it possible to be imune from the flu virus? Everyone in my family has had the flu but I have never had the flu.

Yes: You may be immune either from prior exposure without diagnosed infection, or may have previously received vaccine with the same or very similar strain of influenza virus that is affecting your family, or you could have been very cautious and not exposed, or you may have gotten it with minimal symptoms. Recommend yearly vaccination. ...Read more

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I began to be sick all the time just got over the flu virus now I am beginning to have the same symptomd what is w err ong with me?

An acute viral: Disease like the flu virus could decrease your immune capacity, specially if you did not eat well and rested. The symptoms could relapse after an appearant recovery as flu virus or another virus that take the opportunity to attack. Rest, hydrate, eat well and see a physician soon if you haven't. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How do I know if my child has the the real flu virus?

How do I know if my child has the the real flu virus?

May be difficult: Rapid influenza testing by nasal swab, viral cultures, or retrospectively by serologic testing. There are many viral infections which can mimic influenza, inclluding parainfluenza, some adenoviruses, and so on and so on. Generally influenza will be active in the community and doctors, having been informed of this by the health departments, will have high indices of suspicion. ...Read more

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How do I find out why can I not fight this common flu virus?

Immunity & exposure.: Once infected the flu runs its course until treated early on by an antiviral medication. It is just the nature of the beast. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I am sick since last sunday! I think I got a bad flu virus. Please help?

Sick: Drink lots of fluid, rest and otc meds all help. If its the flu you can ask your doctor about Tamiflu (oseltamivir). Hang in there. ...Read more

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How long does the normal flu virus live in the body after symptoms subside?

Not long: As you recover from influenza the body is building antibodies which attack and kill the virus. ...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. ...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


Number Of Pregnancies (Definition)

Gravida refers to the number of times in the past a woman has been pregnant. Pregnancies that ended in abortion or miscarriage are still counted ...Read more