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 I was prescribed Tamiflu but now everyone is telling me not to take it - is it safe?
After calling NHS Pandemic Line they diagnosed probable swine flu and I now have a pack of Tamiflu. Everyone I speak to is warning me not to take it. (When I say everyone, I mean friends and family,...

 Swine flu and pregnancy?
I've read about swine flu and heard about it on the news.. However the information given is limited other than the fact that you should wash your hands often. How do you avoid getting it and ...

 How fast is swine flu spreading?
I'm scared that i'm going to get it. Symptoms/Signs? And whats the chances of me gettinn it?...

 Is the Toddler REALLY the first US death due to Swine Flu?
"President Barack Obama mourned the first U.S. death, a Mexican toddler who had traveled with his family to Texas."

Um... doesn't that mean the child was Mexican? So, still.....


 Can you get mono from sharing a bong?
ok... now... i just found out that my friends ex has mono and he has been kissing her and stuff. I dont know if he has it but she just stated getting signs that she does on friday . I have been ...

 can i go to a hospital for...?
can i go to a hospital emergency room for an std screening? planned parenthoods around here only do it on wednesdays....and i dont wanna wait that ...

 Do ice kill germs?

 do i just have a cold or the flu?
i have a very runny nose, and cold. i have a sore throat and cough, headache sometimes my sinuses hurt, aswell as dizzy sometimes....

 how do you know if you have kideny disease?
What are the symptoms?...

 How can I help break my daughter's fever?
My six year-old daughter has a fever caused by a virus. The pediatrician said it would have to break itself. Are there ways I can help break it? It has gone up to 101 and I have given her children&...

 How can i make my self get a fever or throw up ?
Okay so before you start judging im not trying to lose weight or im not crazy. I juss really cant go to school tomorrow because im supposedly suppose to get Fu**** Up & whatever. My parents wont ...

 in tattooing what do the tear drops under the eye to signify ? also what do spider webs on elbow signify?

Ok, so i had and fever last night and no other symptoms of a cold like stuffy nose or sore throat. But i do have pressure around my eyes. could it be a sinus infection?


 doctor or no doctor?
I am fifteen and I have asthma. I have had flu symptoms since friday night. I'm not in the bathroom all day I only have a fever of 101 what should I do? I stayed home from school today, should ...

 Single Dad at home alone with no medicine trying to bring down a fever?
I have my one year old son right now and as much as i'd like to leave to the store and get medicine i cant. its almost 5 in the morning. and i woke up with a fever of 101.5. What should i do? ...

 If we start feeling sick, are we supposed to go to the hospital to get checked to see if we have Swine Flu?

 When was the last Pandemic... and what was it?

 what are the symptoms of swine flu?

 Why do we only get the chicken pox once?
this is really improtant for a project ...

Dolly Blue
Have you had the swine flu vaccine?
I have been invited to have the swine flu vaccine next week and I was wondering about side effects.
Have you had the vaccine? and how did you feel after it? I am in my 60's with a low immune system so I am told I should have the injection to avoid the swine flu.

Mandy Boo
I'm pregnant and I refuse to get the vaccine. My OB supports my decision. I have heard of too many people getting sick from it. Plus, getting the vaccination doesn't stop you from getting a mutated strain of it.

My husband and I are 58 we have had the normal flu jab but we decided not to have swine flu as we don't think they know enough about the vaccine or the swine flu itself.But that is only our opinion

No! I think it is very strange that the Government is pushing this vaccine. Look what happened in 1976! I have never had a flu shot and never plan on having ANY kind of flu shot. I am healthy enough to survive the flu. If all you mice want to follow the pied piper then go ahead!

jackie m
As a diabetic I was offered the jag and also the flu jag but I refused them both, my partner also a diabetic had both jags with no side effects but, we are 48 and 53 years old and as you are in your 60's you should remember the swine flu of 1976 and the following year 70,000 people were vaccinated but 50,000 people died? I have a good immune system and I have never had the flu, a basic cold occasionally and I have been off work once with an illness. My daughter aged 30 was offered it because of asthma but again refused it because it is cultured on eggs and she has an egg allergy and they offered an alternative swine flu jag but on researching where it came from she found it is from african monkeys and most of the monkeys are HIV+ Only you can decide what to do?

I am here to help
I got both the H1N1 & the regular flue shot to. I got a sore arm from the H1N1 shot & that's it. I got no side effects from the regular flue shot!

I haven't although I am an healthy 19 year old

although I would strongly suggest you get it, considering that you are in your 60s you are more at risk of getting the serious complications (even death) when you are infected

the side effects that MAY accompany with the vaccine will out-weigh from the problems you will get with the virus

the chances are that you already have had a flu jab (any vaccine in fact) in the past and it is no different from the H1N1 jab

again you may or may not get any side effects at all

Mild problems:

* soreness, redness, tenderness, or swelling where the shot was given
* fainting (mainly adolescents)
* headache, muscle aches
* fever
* nausea

If these problems occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days.

Severe problems:

* Life-threatening allergic reactions to vaccines are very rare. If they do occur, it is usually within a few minutes to a few hours after the shot.
* In 1976, a certain type of swine flu vaccine was associated with cases of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). Since then, flu vaccines have not been clearly linked to GBS.

My husband and I (both in our 50's) had the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines at the same time on Nov 20th. I had a sore arm for 3 days, and hubby's was sore for under 24 hours. No other problems.

I have and I fully support them as although they can give you cold symptoms, the risk is greater for me without having one.
It is worth it in the long run.

My wife had it as she is Asthma vulnerable. She had a sore arm afterwards and flu-like symptoms for the rest of the day, but this is normal and the effects didn't last long.

no i havent but my 1 year old daughter is to get one soon...as far as im aware most people will have a mild fever, slight nausea....

Dr Frank
Take the excellent evidence based advice you have been offered and have the vaccine. Personally other than a little local soreness, which affects about 10% of people, I was fine.

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