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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


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How is this flu shot safer in reguards to gbs compared to issues in the 70' s ?

How is this flu shot safer in reguards to gbs compared to issues in the 70' s ?

Flu vaccine and GBS: Gbs is rare. Medical events occur regardless of vaccination, and background rates are used to assess vaccine safety by comparing the expected rate of disease or death to the actual or observed rate in any given timeframe. The background rate for gbs in the U.S. Is about 80 to 160 cases of gbs each week, regardless of vaccination. ...Read more

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If my baby was really fussy after the last year’s flu shot, is it okay for him to have one this year?

If my baby was really fussy after the last year’s flu shot, is it okay for him to have one this year?

Yes: General fussiness certainly is not fun, but does not fall under the criteria of a dangerous reaction. And it is still "better" than a serious, potentially life threatening case of the flu. ...Read more

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What can you take for the flu that?S safe?

What can you take for the flu that?S safe?

Over the counter med: There is not a remedy for the flu, but you can take medication that helps reduce the symptoms- fever- tylenol, (acetaminophen) aches motrin, cough robitussin, combo nyquil. Just don't take multiple medications and if you have questions ask the in store pharmacists. Soups and teas work great too. ...Read more

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If u already feel sick. ..Can u still get s flu shot?

If u already feel sick. ..Can u still get s flu shot?

Wait until you are : No longer feeling acutely ill and then get your flu shot. Take care. ...Read more

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Is a u.S. Flu shot effective when planning to stay overseas during the winter?

It's about strains: The flu vaccine is likely to have protective benefits everywhere. Even if strains are different in different world regions, there should be enough crossover to be effective. ...Read more

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How many people die every year from the regular flu as compared to from gunshot wounds in the u.S.?

How many people die every year from the regular flu as compared to from gunshot wounds in the u.S.?

Guns>flu: In 2010 the cdc saysthere were 31, 513 gun deaths in the us suicide 19, 308; homicide 11, 015; accident 600. With regaurd to influenza the cdc is much less exact indicating an average of about 26000 deaths anually. ...Read more

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How long does postinor2 stay in ur system? Bcs I need to take another medicine to treat my flu, Im afraid that medicine'll effect the postinor2's work

How long does postinor2 stay in ur system? Bcs I need to take another medicine to treat my flu, Im afraid that medicine'll effect the postinor2's work

You take your: flu medicine. Keep taking the Postinor like you are scheduled to in the meantime. However use an alternative method of contraception until 1 week after you have finished taking the last flu medicine. Then you can trust the Postinor to work well again. And thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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How many people die every year from the regular flu as compared from drunk driving fatalies in the u.S.?

How many people die every year from the regular flu as compared from drunk driving fatalies in the u.S.?

According to CDC: In 2009 there were 10, 839 people killed in alcohol impaired driving crashes. Influenza fatalities vary widely from year to year, sometimes as low as 3, 000 or as high as 49, 000 per year. ...Read more