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What is bird flu vaccine?

What is bird flu vaccine?

Bird Flu Vaccine: Vaccine to protect against avian influenza (bird flu) also known as strain h5n1. This is different from the annual flu shot and the recent swine flu vaccine h1n1. The vaccine is kept in stockpiles for use in the event of an outbreak. Currently it is not a routine vaccine since avian flu rarely infects humans. People who work with poultry are most likely to be infected. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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Avian Flu (Definition)

A strain of influenza previously seen only in birds that has acquired the ability to infect humans with close contact. Currently there are no strains that can cause ...Read more


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How is bird flu transmitted?

How is bird flu transmitted?

Direct contact: Direct contact with infected birds is the only known way to contract this variety of flu. ...Read more

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Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

Not really: Bird flu is transmitted after contact with infected surfaces - so, if one has contact with infected surfaces then bird flu can be contracted. Having said that - bird flu is exceedingly rare (and hasn't been documented in the western hemisphere at all) and thus you are much more likely to get salmonella or campylobacter (usually causing food poisoning/diarrhea) from uncooked chicken more than flu. ...Read more

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Is swine flu fatal?

Is swine flu fatal?

Any flu...: ...Can be fatal in rare cases. Swine flu had a higher mortality in otherwise healthy individuals than the strains of flu active in recent years, but it certainly was not universally fatal. ...Read more

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How is bird flu spread?

How is bird flu spread?

Like other flu: Bird flu is usually acquired through close contact with birds and breathing their respiratory secretions. It usually does not spread from person to person, thank god! ...Read more

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Is bird flu dangerous?

Is bird flu dangerous?

Overall mortality: rates in humans is about 60% - so yes, it is dangerous. ...Read more

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Swine flu reoccurrence? Can someone get swine flu twice?

Swine flu reoccurrence? Can someone get swine flu twice?

Short answer - yes: Swine flu is really only one form of several strains of influenza. Sometimes the doctor or nurse practitioner calls your illness "flu-like"(like swine flu) and treats you for it empirically, even without specifically testing for flu (nose swab test). Later, if you have a repeat of similar symptoms, then this could be labelled a recurrence of "swine flu". My office tests for flu--not swine flu. ...Read more

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Where did bird flu originate?

Where did bird flu originate?

Pigs: It is my understanding the a pig virus adapted itself to infecting birds. ...Read more

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Is the bird flu virus obsolete now?

Is the bird flu virus obsolete now?

Yes: There have been no new cases of what has always been a rare disease. However, influenza can always change in dangerous ways. The current human strain is always the one to be feared. ...Read more

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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 is bird flu diagnosed?

How is bird flu diagnosed?

Virtually none seen: This strain of influenza has not been seen in the USA. Cannot say there have been none, but if so, rare. The best way to avoid influenza is through regular yearly vaccination. The CDC tracks the types of flu most commonly seen and those are included in the latest vaccines available. ...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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Symptoms of bird flu and other avian flu?

Symptoms of bird flu and other avian flu?

Agree w Dr. Singh.: Symptoms of avian flu include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches ; pains ; occasionally conjunctivitis or gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting or diarrhea). Complications can include pneumonia, respiratory failure, as well as renal ; cardiac complications. It has been lethal in > 50% of infected people. ...Read more

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Can avian flu give you swine flu?

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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Caught flu from son's flumist vaccine, what to do?

See below: Normal healthy individual with intact immune system does not get infected by vaccine strain which is attenuated. If you are known to be immunocompromized, you may need to see infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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How does swine flu spread/?

How does swine flu spread/?

Swine flu spread: Most influenza spreads viral particles by the aerosolized sputum (spit) produced by coughing. This is why there is so much emphasis on wearing a face mask if you have a severe cold or flu-like illness. ...Read more

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