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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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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

Tamiflu: If started in the first 48 hrs of flu. Tamiflu can sometimes have a dramatic effect on the fever & other signs of the illness. After that point, the flu is too well established to alter its course. Use in kids is sometimes a problem because of various side effects.For the most part we keep the kid comfortable & push fluids, but remain vigilant to any worsening. ...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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Is there a cure for the swine flu aka: h1n1 influenza a?

Is there a cure for the swine flu aka: h1n1 influenza a?

Antivirals: There are antiviral medications which can modify and shorten the duration and severity of influenza, but no cure other than allowing it to run its course and become immune to that strain. A better idea would be to maintain your immunity through vaccination yearly. ...Read more

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Lupus patients and h1n1 flu shot- is it safe?

Lupus patients and h1n1 flu shot- is it safe?

Absolutely: Due to your autoimmune disease, you are an absolute perfect patient to receive the vaccination. Make sure you get the flu shot not the nasal mist. ...Read more

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What is the h1n1 vaccine and the flu vaccine mixed into 1 shot?

What is the h1n1 vaccine and the flu vaccine mixed into 1 shot?

H1N1 vaccines : The most recent (last several yrs) have had the h1n1 strain as part of the regular flu shot in the us. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the h1n1 flu last?

Swine Flu: Swine flu symptoms usually last for around 8 days but if there are health complications it may take longer to heal. ...Read more

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How long will you be hospitalized if you have h1n1 flu?

How long will you be hospitalized if you have h1n1 flu?

Depends: Most people are not hospitalized. All strains of "flu" affect the very young and very old and individuals with chronic disease more severely than most others. There are, of course, always exceptions. ...Read more

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What is h1n1 flu or swine flu?

A viral flu strain: H1n1 refers to the proteins that make up the critical parts of this particular flu virus. For example, h5n1 is a common flu virus that attacks some years. "swine flu" is a misnomer. Flu viruses are named after their original hosts, and the h1n1 virus we've been dealing with is actually a combination of avian, human and swine flu dna mixed together. Also, it's the same spanish flu from 1918. ...Read more

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My friend has some form of the flu possibly h1n1. how can I help?

My friend has some form of the flu possibly h1n1. how can I help?

Encourage your: friend to rest and hydrate well. How about cooking up a pot of home made chicken noodle soup? ...Read more

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I got the h1n1 shot how does it work and what to do if i get the swine flu does it go away i had little sytoms when i got shot dr said its normal?

I got the h1n1 shot how does it work and what to do if i get the swine flu does it go away i had little sytoms when i got shot dr said its normal?

Code recognition: The vaccine allows your cells to recognize the genes of the virus if it enters the body and allows immunity to it once recognized. You can still get the flu, with hopes that your body will fight it or at least to mitigate the symptoms if you get it. It is not 100% perfect immunity for 100% of the population. ...Read more

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What is avian flu? H5n1 or h1n1 or another one?.

H5N1: Avian flu is h5n1. The cdc has a lot of information on it here: http://www.Cdc.Gov/flu/avianflu/h5n1-people.Htm. H1n1 was the swine flu that there was a big concern about in 2009. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have the h1n1 virus ( swine flu )?

How do I know if I have the h1n1 virus ( swine flu )?

You don't: Unless have sophisticated testing available in your area. Generally can diagnose influenza, but not necessarily the particular strain in circulation. Sometimes the epidemiology services in your area are collecting such data and they may measure this. ...Read more

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I just recovered from H1N1 swine flu infection and feel very week, testless and loss of apettite. I want to regain my stamina and vitalityw?

I just recovered from H1N1 swine flu infection and feel very week, testless and loss of apettite. I want to regain my stamina and vitalityw?

Mgt: It is quite common after the flu infection to feel weak. I would suggest eating well, including sources of lean protein in your diet. Rest and recover. If you begin to have a fever again, then your PCP can follow up. A virtual appt is available online at healthtap.com/DosanjhMD code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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