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Why are older children and young adults at such a high risk for the h1n1 flu?

Why are older children and young adults at such a high risk for the h1n1 flu?

See below: They are not at higher risk for complications, unless they have underlying problems (heart and lung, cancer), they may be at more risk for catching the illness due to crowding, such as dorms, and sports, and not being vaccinated. It is the very young and very old that have most of the complications. ...Read more

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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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Why is pneumococcal vaccine not given to all healthy adults 19-64, much like the flu vaccine? Why is it restricted and given only to"high risk" adults

Why is pneumococcal vaccine not given to all healthy adults 19-64, much like the flu vaccine? Why is it restricted and given only to"high risk" adults

The FDA: There is no reason why healthy adults cannot take this vaccination. The indications for who should be given it is determined by the fda. Physicians give this vaccination according to those official indications. Good question. ...Read more

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Are there lasting effects of h1n1 on an unborn baby? Had swine flu at 27 weeks, daughter was iugr. Severe speech apraxia, & high pitched squealing.

Are there lasting effects of h1n1 on an unborn baby? Had swine flu at 27 weeks, daughter was iugr. Severe speech apraxia, & high pitched squealing.

Possible.: I am sorry for your daughter's problems. One cannot be certain that they are due to h1n1 influenza during pregnancy - however, one cannot dismiss that possibility either. Many viruses cross the placenta and can affect various fetal tissues/organs. Other explanations for your daughter's problems should be investigated, namely metabolic, genetic and neurological syndromes unrelated to infections. ...Read more

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What can I do to break a fever of 102.8 my 8 yr old has had a fever since sunday. She was taken to dr on monday and they said she had the flu (h1n1). She also has asma

What can I do to break a fever of 102.8 my 8 yr old has had a fever since sunday.  She was taken to dr on monday and they said she had the flu (h1n1).  She also has asma

Fevers : Fevers for the most part aren't dangerous and are just the body's natural reaction to fighting off an infection. Most of these infections are viral and may be accompanied by runny nose, sore throat, congestion, mild rash, or nothing at all. Since fevers aren't dangerous, we usually treat the fever with Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen just to make the child more comfortable as their body fights the illness. "red flags" that we look for with fever to indicate something more serious is going on are: -fevers that last 5 days or more -fevers persistently above 104f orally -a child that acts very sick - very irritable or difficult to wake -difficulty breathing -vomiting, diarrhea, refusal to drink, or dehydration -a purple rash, esp on the legs -stiff neck -any complaints of pain such as the ear, throat, stomach or a joint as always, use your judgement. If you think that your child is ill, err on the side of caution and call your child's doctor. Since she has a history of asthma, watch her breathing carefully and call her doctor for any persistent difficulty breathing that is not helped by an albuterol treatment. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to get the h1n1 or h5n1 flu shot?

Is it necessary to get the h1n1 or h5n1 flu shot?

Is included: Are now included with other strains of influenza so a second shot is no longer needed so you only have to decide about the flu vaccine in general. It is very smart to be vaccinated. Influenza kills over36, 000 people every year. ...Read more

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Does the h1n1 virus affect the chances of getting the regular flu?

Does the h1n1 virus affect the chances of getting the regular flu?

Yes, but mostly No.: H1n1 (swine) flu is a different virus than the regular flu. The only link tetween the two is, if you get one, which weakens your immune system, then it is easier to get the other, but you have to be exposed to a person that has it. It can happen. ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's any need to get a flu shot after catching h1n1?

Yes: H1n1 is not the same as seasonal flu. The flu strains are constantly undergoing change. So - yes, would still get your flu shots. ...Read more

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What to do if I have dry cough remains after other flu are h1n1 symptoms have diminished?

What to do if I have dry cough remains after other flu are h1n1 symptoms have diminished?

Origin of cough??: Is it originating in the lungs or the back of the pharynx? They are treated differently! Also, even after an infection is gone and inactive you may have residual effects on the inner linings of your breathing tubes (bronchi). So you may have a residual cough even after your lung infection is cured. ...Read more

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