What is the flu?

A nasty virus. "flu" is often applied to any virus kids get, (like "stomach flu") but specifically it refers to influenza virus, a respiratory virus that causes cough, fever, fatigue, vomiting, and sometimes lower respiratory issues like bronchitis and pneumonia. There can be a high fever, chills, and dehydration lasting 3-4 days, and a week or two of fatigue afterwards. Only protection is vaccination.
Viral infection. Flu or influenza is a contagious viral infection that generally occurs in the winter. It is a respiratory virus that generally makes children sicker that a typical cold. Complications as ear infections and pneumonia are common. Fortunately an immunization can help prevent this illness. Symptoms often include fever, coughing, and malaise (aching all over).

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What does the flu shot protect?

Not much. The flu shot is supposed to build antibodies to different strains of flu virus in the hopes that it will offer cross protection to the current strains. It contains other contaminants that can be toxic. I am not a fan of the flu shot. Other physicians may have a different experience. Read more...

What are the flu symptoms for 2011?

The same like before. Fever above than38 c or higher stuffy nose or running dry cough sore throat wide spread muscle ache sever extreme fatigue headache if you have those more than 48 hours most likely you have the flu. Read more...
Flu. According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.” Read more...

What are the flu and food poisoning?

Virus and multiple. Causes. Flu is caused by the influenza virus. Food poisoning may be due to bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, preformed toxins, e.g., staphylococcal toxin, botulism; chemical contaminants and food intolerance. Read more...

What is avian flu? If people ingest birds or eggs that contain avian flu, are they likely to contract the flu?

Avian . Avian flu refers to strains of influenza that infect various species of birds. Most strains of avian influenza are harmless to humans, but strains capable of infecting people have been seen, most notably the h5n1 strain. Nearly all cases of avian flu in humans have been related to close contact with birds or bird products (meat and eggs). Avian flu almost never spreads from one infected person to another; only a handful of such cases have been reported. Proper cooking of poultry and eggs will prevent transmission of avian influenza, as heat destroys the virus. Meat should be cooked thoroughly (no "pink" parts), and eggs should also be cooked completely (no raw eggs or "runny" yolks). Avoid using cooking utensils or surfaces that touched raw eggs or poultry, as this could spread the virus to other foods. Hands should be thoroughly washed with soap and water after handling raw poultry or eggs. To date, there have been no reports of avian influenza from properly cooked poultry or eggs. Read more...
Probably not. Avian flu is a type of influenza virus that can infect both birds and humans. Most cases of human infection have been as a result of handling dead infected birds or being in contact with infected fluids. Thoroughly washing your hands and cutting surfaces after handling poultry will help prevent a number of potential diseases. Read more...

I want to know about what is normal flu and what is meant by pneumonia?

RespiratoryInfection. Flu is an infection of respiratory tract caused by influenza virus. It spreads through inhalation of droplets coughed by infected person. It can start like a regular common cold but sometimes can be very severe & life threatening, especially in those with underlying lung or heart disease. Pneumonia is a general term for any infection that involves the lungs & causes fever, cough & x-ray changes. Read more...

What is the opinion on using umcka to fight the common cold? What about this flu that is spreading.

Limited data. No clinical trials have been run in the United States. A couple of trials have been run in other countries that may show minimal benefit. A review of these trials concluded it "... May be effective in alleviating symptoms of acute rhinosinusitis and the common cold in adults, but doubt exists." it will probably not hurt, but personally, i wouldn't spend my money on it. Read more...
Proven effective . Umcka (pelargonium sidoides) is the best-proven treatment for colds, sinus infections & sinusitis.It's the first thing i (& my family) take when getting sick & has helped hundreds of my patients. It's widely available in a product called umcka, sold at health food stores & many pharmacies. See http://naturalmedicinejournal.Net/pdf/nmj_dec09_bp.Pdf however, i know of no evidence it helps influenza. Read more...