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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more

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I got my flu shot this year, but i've gotten sick and my symptoms include muscle aches and fever. Is it possible I have the flu?

I got my flu shot this year, but i've gotten sick and my symptoms include muscle aches and fever.  Is it possible I have the flu?

Yes: Yes, it is possible. Ultimately the purpose for the flu shot is not to prevent the flu, rather it is to prevent you from dying from the flu or flu related illnesses. That said, the flu shot does reduce risk of getting the flu and often makes the bout less severe if you do get it. ...Read more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get the flu vaccine
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Get plenty of sleep
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Avoid contact with sick people
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Avoid touching your face before washing your hands
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My heart rate is over 100 BPM and back muscle are aching IV had a cough for a while now but easing off not sure if I have the flu cause no temp

My heart rate is over 100 BPM and back muscle are aching IV had a cough for a while now but easing off  not sure if I have the flu cause no temp

Does sound like flu: Take your temperature after 4 pm (when fever shows itself). Use an ear or temple device or, if you use an oral thermometer, be sure not to eat or drink for 30 minutes beforehand. It's possible that you had a fever a week ago and that you're on the tail-end of this illness when fever has resolved. ...Read more

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I have the flu fever, muscle aches, stuffy nose, and i'm in wi. Where do I get tested to see what vaccine i need?

I have the flu fever, muscle aches, stuffy nose, and i'm in wi. Where do I get tested to see what vaccine i need?

No vaccine: No vaccine is available and vaccines prevent disease, they do not treat it once it starts. You have a bad cold. You will get better. See a doctor if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get your flu shot EVERY SINGLE YEAR as early in the season as you can
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Wash your hands constantly
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Cough and sneeze into your sleeve
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Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with your hands
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Why do muscles ache when you have flu?

Viral infection: The influenza virus can affect the muscles leading to mild muscle inflammation which causes the muscles to ache. ...Read more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Wash your hands often
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Avoid others with the flu
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Get plenty of sleep
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Eat a well-balanced diet
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Yesterday I started with aching muscles, now I have headache,high fever,vometing. Feel bad.Blood in Vomet.Taking flu tablets. No better. What is this?

Yesterday I started with aching muscles, now I have headache,high fever,vometing. Feel bad.Blood in Vomet.Taking flu tablets. No better. What is this?

Fooey!YouGotTheFlu!!: Sounds like you got the flu, or something very much like it. Take some Motrin and/or Tylenol for the headache and fever. If you can't keep anything down take some dramamine (no Rx needed). If that doesn't work then you need to see a doctor. Also if you really have blood in the vomit, that should be checked too (unless it's just a few streaks). Those "flu tablets?" Most of that stuff doesn't work ...Read more

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Flu (Definition)

Flu is also known as Influenza. Influenza (aka "flu") is a contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause mild to severe illness including death. There is treatment available to decrease symptoms, but it is better to prevent the flu is by getting ...Read more

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