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 Can you die from hepc?
if you dont get treatment? will you die earlier? if you keep drinking?...


 My wife infected TB. My child & my x-ray are normal, but MT test is positive how can i cure this for all in my
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 Meningitis-WHY don't people realize it is a symptom NOT a disease?
Seriously they keep pushing the "Meningitis Vaccine" and now on the news they keep saying "Were 500 people in this bar exposed to Meningitis?" That is like asking if 500 people ...


 What does it mean if you have frequent infections?
Every 2 or 3 weeks, I feel like I'm coming down with the flu or something. I have a potential liver problem they are checking on. Could it somehow be related to my liver, or is it just a ...


 Tonsillectomy?
What is the harm of ...


 What is the story of typhoid Mary?
The recent TB insident has a lot of people talking about typhoid Mary. Who was she and what did she do?...


 When having the common cold, how much rest do you usually get per day?
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 Can infections spread if the infected person touches an object, and then i touch the object?
can it live on inanimate objects?
if i touched the object he touched, and then i touched my pens, will my pens be infected now too? that means i have to disinfect everything. how long do ...


 What is the best oral medicine for venereal disease?
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 Yo I'm sick, and my symptoms R below what do I have?
Symptoms:
1. Fatigue
2. Headache
3. Dizzieness
4. Ocassional C...


 My 4 yr old has a 102 fever, what should I do?
My daughter hasn't been sick since she was 2 years old so I don't know about what to do at this age. It's the third day of this. Fever spikes in afternoon and breaks in the middle of ...


 Can anyone tell me ? how long can bacteria and viruses live?
How long can bacteria and viruses live on very dusty surfaces that have not been cleaned for a long time? And what type of bacteria and viruses are most likely to live in these conditions?...


 Sore throat pain for over a week HELP?
What are the symptoms of Strep Throat???
Additional Details
Does this include scratchy/burning feeling in throat?...


 What is the biggest "no no" people overlook when having a flu?
I got the flu. Just looking for some advice....


 Is it safe to visit a friend in hospial whilst I'm pregnant?
he's on the surgical ward after an operation and I dont want to pick up some weird superbug...?...


 Mono Twice?????
I have had mono twice (two years apart) i was not very sick either time but both times was diagnosed accuratley with blood test. It probably only lasted a day or two both times. But I hear you cant ...


 Human anatomy!!?
which blood cells are most mumeorus in the body?...


 Whats the best remedy for flu :-(?
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 What does it mean when your food comes back up your throat?
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 Is MRSA a notifiable condition?
Several of my colleagues and I may have been exposed to someone suffering from MRSA today. Our work is trying to keep it quiet within the department.

My question is: Is MRSA a notifiable ...



MuffinMagic
Help me I have Flu...?
Hey, I've got the flu and I find myself really tired and can't stray from my bed.

Any ideas on how to get me energetic or at least feeling better would be most welcome.
                     




shane c
Much of the illness and death caused by influenza can be prevented by annual influenza vaccination. Flu vaccine (Influenza Vaccine) is specifically recommended for those who are at high risk for developing serious complications as a result of influenza infection. These high-risk groups include all people aged 65 years or older and people of any age with chronic diseases of the heart, lung or kidneys, diabetes, immunosuppression, or severe forms of anemia. Other groups for whom vaccine is specifically recommended are residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities housing patients of any age with chronic medical conditions, and children and teenagers who are receiving long-term Aspirin therapy and who may therefore be at risk for developing Reye syndrome after an influenza virus infection. Influenza Vaccine is also recommended for people who are in close or frequent contact with anyone in the high-risk groups defined above. These people include health care personnel and volunteers who work with high-risk patients and people who live in a household with a high-risk person.

Although annual influenza vaccination has long been recommended for people in the high-risk groups, many still do not receive the vaccine. Some people are not vaccinated because of misperceptions about influenza and the vaccine. They mistakenly perceive influenza as merely a nuisance and believe that the vaccine causes unpleasant side effects or that it may even cause the flu. The truth is that Influenza Vaccine causes no side effects in most people. The most serious side effect that can occur after influenza vaccination is an allergic reaction in people who have severe allergy to eggs, since the viruses used in the vaccine are grown in hens' eggs. For this reason, people who have an allergy to eggs should not receive Influenza Vaccine. Also, the vaccine is not recommended while individuals have active infections or active diseases of the nervous system.

Less than one-third of those who receive vaccine have some soreness at the vaccination site, and about 5% to 10% experience mild side effects, such as headache or low-grade fever for about a day after vaccination. These side effects are most likely to occur in children who have not been exposed to influenza virus in the past.

Nevertheless, some older people remember earlier influenza vaccines that did, in fact, produce more unpleasant side effects. Vaccines produced from the 1940s to the mid-1960s were not as highly purified as modern influenza vaccines, and it was these impurities that caused most of the side effects. Since the side effects associated with these early vaccines, such as fever, headache, muscle aches and fatigue, were similar to some of the symptoms of influenza, people believed that the vaccine had caused them to get the flu. However, Influenza Vaccine produced in the United States has never been capable of causing influenza. The only type of Influenza Vaccine that has been licensed in the United States up to the present time is made from killed influenza viruses, which cannot cause infection. An Influenza Vaccine that is made with live influenza viruses has been developed and may be marketed in the future. This vaccine is made with viruses that can confer immunity but do not cause classic influenza symptoms.

Some people do not receive Influenza Vaccine because they believe it is not very effective. There are several different reasons for this belief. People who have received Influenza Vaccine may subsequently have an illness that is mistaken for influenza, and they believe that the vaccine failed to protect them. In other cases, people who have received vaccine may indeed have an influenza infection. Overall vaccine effectiveness varies from year to year, depending upon the degree of similarity between the influenza virus strains included in the vaccine and the strain or strains that circulate during the influenza season. Because the vaccine strains must be chosen 9 to 10 months before the influenza season, and because influenza viruses mutate over time, sometimes mutations occur in the circulating strains between the time vaccine strains are chosen and the next influenza season is over. These mutations sometimes reduce the ability of the vaccine-induced antibody to inhibit the newly mutated virus, thereby reducing vaccine efficacy.

Vaccine efficacy also varies from one person to another. Studies of healthy young adults have shown Influenza Vaccine to be 70% to 90% effective in preventing illness. In the elderly and those with certain chronic medical conditions, the vaccine is often less effective in preventing illness than in reducing the severity of illness and the risk of serious complications and death. Studies have shown the vaccine to reduce hospitalization by about 70% and death by about 85% among the elderly who are not in nursing homes. Among nursing home residents, vaccine can reduce the risk of hospitalization by about 50%, the risk of pneumonia by about 60%, and the risk of death by 75% to 80%. When antigenic drift results in the circulating virus becoming different from the vaccine strain, overall efficacy may be reduced, especially in preventing illness, but the vaccine is still likely to lessen the severity of the illness and to prevent complications and death.


Cosmic
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Ok,all the obvious ones are take it easy,drink water and take Aspirin.vitamin C can reduce the time it takes to end,but watch out if this is that flu' that starts with a headache,as it took me ages to get over it myself! And what's worse is,I hadn't really,'cos On Saturday night I was diagnosed with pneumonia! So if it lingers for longer than 2 weeks or u have dark spit,see ur doctor.Oh,and NO smoking!!!


baby.boo81
drink smoothies to keep your vitamins up it should also give you some energy maybe enough to venture into your lounge, in the mean time stay in bed and sleep it off.


?♥Nikki♥?
you need to take 2 Paracetamol every 4 hours and try to eat some soup or something.
For drinks try to drink lots of water and fresh orange juice you need plenty of vitamin C.


iluvme1012345
i would recommend having Gator-aid. it helps a lot when i had the Flu (but mine was during Valentine's Day, your lucky)


Bee
i had this a couple of months ago, i had forgot how horrid it was. rest if hot take something for it drink and more rest. and don't do to much too soon when you do start to feel better. mine came to it's peak three days in. so rest and i hope that you feel better soon, and i will give thee a star.


zoe t
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try multi vits & iron and orange juice.


cleocat
Stay in bed and sleep off the flu are you could get post-viral fatigue.


My Three
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Your best bet is to stay in bed and let your energy come back some people try to do to much and get worse.


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