Patient discussion about influenza

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Q. INFLUENZA(FLU)

is it a fatal disease?
A1depends. as you may already know- the flu virus changes every year (this is why the vaccine is only good for a year)a little bit. but every now and then (about every 80 years) the change is really big and most people are not vaccinated at all. then it reeks havoc in the world. last time it happened called the "spanish flu",they say 25,000,000 people died the first 25 weeks.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu
A2Averagely (common) flu is just a mild disease, and most likely it is a self-limited disease. It can be viral or bacterial infection. In viral infection cases, you will just need to boost up your immune level, while in bacterial infection cases, you might need the help of antibiotics.

But there are few cases of Avian Influenza (AI), and lately in developing countries these cases can lead to death if not handled in health center with specialized doctors.

Q. How flu is passing?

I have too small children, and in the class of the older one there’s an outbreak of flu with many sick children. The last time my little son had the flu was like a hell for him, and I really won’t to prevent it. What can I do?
A1The virus (the creature that cause flu is spread in secretions from the nose, mouth etc, and children may be infective even days before they actually have visible disease.
However, simple measures, such as covering the nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing and washing hands thoroughly may minimize the transmission of the flu from child to child.
A2well, the flu moves around in saliva. people often think that if you will stay in a room with a sick person you will get infected, that is not true. if he sneezes on you- you can get infected, if he sneezed on his hand then shook your hand and you touched your mouth- you can get infected. just tell him to be aware of that..no need to get panicked... B.T.W- the first time you get the flu is always the worst time. after that the body develop antibodies against it. you will still get sick but much much less.
and you can always get him vaccinated if you are really concerned.

Q. Who Should Receive the Flu Vaccine?

Should I go get vaccinated for the flu? I have been told it is advised only for certain people, so who should receive this vaccine?
A1before you would like to go on with any vaccination, you should check out this very long list of links and create your own opinion:

http://www.aegis.ch/neu/links.html

at the bottom you will also find links in english. vaccinations in general are very disputable/dubious and it is probably time that we learn about it.
A2In general, everyone can receive the flu vaccine. However, it is especially recommended for specific high risk patients such as chronically ill (for example- patients with diabetes mellitus), elderly patients or young children.
A3Vaccination against the influenza virus, which causes the flu, with the influenza vaccine, is often recommended for high-risk groups, such as children and the elderly.
http://www.5min.com/Video/Flu-Vaccine-9546

Q. what do i do if i got the flu? how do i treat it right????

Aif you got the Flu - the best way to treat it is just staying at home, drinking a lot of fluids eating well and waiting until it's over. it's a virus infection and there is no effective medication for it (there's Tamiflu- but it helps only in the first few days and have side effects that just not worth it. worse then the disease.).
it'll take a week probably of sitting at home watching T.V , reading and such- not that bad. but if you will have a very high fever- you can take any non prescriptional drug that the pharmacist will advise to lower it.

Q. what are the symptoms of the flu? and what are the risks?

AThe flu is caused by a virus, and the symptoms include fever spikes, chills, coughing, sneezing, muscle pain, headaches and sometimes even stomach aches. The treatment is symptomatic and includes rest, drinking lots of fluid and anti fever and pain medications. The complications can be a following bacterial infection, blood infection or sepsis, pneumonia and more.

Q. do i have a flu

AWhat makes you think you have flu?

Do you have any of the signs or symptoms of it? (as listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Influenza#Symptoms_and_diagnosis or here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000080.htm)

Q. Should I get a flu shot?

I was wondering if one should get a flu shot. Does it even work and protect from the flu?
A1In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated. However, it is recommended that certain people should get vaccinated each year. They are either people who are at high risk of having serious flu complications or people who live with or care for those at high risk for serious complications. People who should get vaccinated each year are:
1. Children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday
2. Pregnant women
3. People 50 years of age and older
4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
5. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including: Health care workers, Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu and Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
A2Here is a movie about this issue:
http://www.5min.com/Video/Benefits-of-the-Flu-Shot-29162069
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