Cold and Flu

Questions and answers about the "Common Cold"; symptoms in the upper respiratory tract like sneezing, scratchy throat, and runny nose, but adults don't typically have fevers. Colds are usually caused by the rhinovirus (up to 40% of colds), or Coronaviruses (about 20%), but there are more than 200 viruses that can cause the common cold. Also questions about the seasonal flu, also called "regular flu", caused mostly by Type A and Type B Influenza viruses. Flu starts with similar symptoms as a cold only it hits faster and harder and usually includes fever in adults. Although the "stomach flu" is a common term, it is not a real diagnosis. The proper medical term for stomach flu is gastroenteritis (an intestinal disease, sometimes viral but also bacterial), it is often mistaken for influenza because the flu can sometimes include vomiting and diarrhea.

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Did Michael Jordan get the flu?

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yes, he has a heart attack at one of his north carolina houses

Can you do sport when you have flu?

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You can, because you have the ability to, but it doesn't mean you will or you should. Most people don't feel like swimming with the flu. If you have the flu you should be resting in bed to allow your body to have all the energy it needs to fight the flu and heal yourself.

If you have a fever from the flu, swimming in a lake or cool pool can mask the symptoms and make you feel temporarily better, but that will only be temporary and the exercise will make you feel worse once you get out. If you get in a heated pool, it could make your fever worse. Don't use a hot tub when you have a fever.

If you are in a lake or pool without chemicals to kill germs, you could be shedding viruses that might live long enough to infect someone else in the same water. Don't swim with others when you are sick with any infectious disease.

Being out in public if you are still sick risks giving it to other people whether they are in the water with you or not. Stay home.

So, the bottom line is you can but you should not.

What is Swine influenza?

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The Swine Influenza, better known as the Swine Flu, is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by a type of influenza virus. At the latest update, (April 27th 2009) about 150 people have died of the Swine Flu in Mexico, and 0 in the United States. Swine Flu causes symptoms very similar to seasonal (or human) flu. The most common symptoms of swine flu, like seasonal flu, are fever, cough, and sore throat and can include body aches, head aches, chills, and fatigue. Some people also have diarrhea and vomiting. If you have symptoms of influenza as described above, and especially if you have recently traveled to an area where there have been human cases of swine flu, contact your health care provider. Thank you for reading this article. I feel good knowing I got this important and serious message out to you.

Can animals get the common cold?

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Humans and Chimpanzees Humans and Chimpanzees

What body part do they inject a flu shot?

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There are now two types of flu injections. One is intramuscular (IM), injected into large muscle tissue and the newer one is intradermal (ID) and is injected with a special very small needle between the layers of the skin, usually in the upper arm (deltoid) muscle (for more detail about ID flu vaccines, see the related questions below).

In adults the IM injections are usually given in the upper arm muscles, although they could be given in the buttocks or thigh, too. In young children under 10 and infants, the IM injections are usually given in the outer thigh area, but can also be given in the buttocks. The arm is usually not used in children under 10 or infants.

Each clinician who prepares and gives the shots will decide the best location for the person receiving the injection, based on their body's muscular development and other individual considerations patient by patient.

Can you get the flu from the vacine?

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No, you cannot get the flu from the swine flu vaccine. What the H1N1 vaccine does is inject dead or weakened flu germs. That way if you do get the flu, your body will know what to do. But you can't get the flu from the vaccine.

What do you do after being exposed to the flu?

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Sit down and relax. Drink a lot of Gatorade and water and also eat soup. Wash your hands after blowing your nose or after coughing and sneezing and cover your mouth and nose if you do cough or sneeze. Avoid spreading the virus to others by avoiding close body contact, shaking hands, etc. You may not get the virus from the exposure, but you will not know until symptoms show. You can be contagious and spread the flu for 1-2 days before you even have symptoms, so consider yourself infected and take all precautions to avoid spreading it. See the related questions below for more information.

Why do humans get the flu?

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Easy, you are exposed to the germ is some fashion. It starts with something simple like an uncovered cough or sneeze and them someone touches an object. You pass by and touch that object and transfer that germ to another object, and so on. At some point someone touches an eye, nose or covers thier mouth with that germ that was picked up. Thus starts the flu.

What are some jokes about the flu?

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I phoned the swine flu help hotline yesterday but all I heard was CRACKLING, I guess too many people were HOGGING the line!

The best treatment for swine flu is oinkment!

Is Swine Flu the past tense of When pigs fly?

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What companies make drugs to combat swine flu?

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In the US for the 2011-2012 Flu Season:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of six vaccines on July 18, 2011. These approved trivalent vaccines for the seasonal flu will all contain vaccine for the H1N1/09 "Swine Flu" and two other viruses suggested by CDC for this season (see more below). These approved vaccines are:

1. Afluria (CSL Limited)

2. Fluarix (Glaxo Smith Kline Biologicals)

3. FluLaval (ID Biomedical Corporation)

4. FluMist (MedImmune Vaccines, Inc.)

5. Fluvirin (Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Limited)

6. Fluzone, Fluzone High-Dose, Fluzone Intradermal (Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.)

The Fluzone Intradermal made fy Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. is a new inactivated formulation for administration in the layers of the skin (intradermal injection) instead of the intramuscular (IM) injection. Fluzone Intradermal administration uses a microinjection system with a very fine needle. Approved for those aged 18 through 64. It is marketed under the brand names Intanza and IDflu.

The CDC-approved trivalent vaccines for this flu season will protect against the following three virus strains:

1. A/California/7/09 (H1N1)-like virus (Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza virus)

2. A/Perth/16/2009/ (H3N2)-like virus [A/Victoria/210/2009 X-187]

3. B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus

In Europe:

Re: Pandemrix made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) July 21, 2011 according to Reuters:

LONDON (Reuters Health) Jul 21 2011 - European regulators have recommended restricting the use of GlaxoSmithKline's pandemic flu vaccine Pandemrix because of a potential risk of narcolepsy in children or adolescents.

The European Medicines Agency said on Thursday that Pandemrix should only be used in people under 20 years in the absence of seasonal trivalent influenza vaccines, following its link to very rare cases of narcolepsy in young people.

Overall, the vaccine's benefit-risk balance remains positive, the watchdog added.

More than 31 million doses of Pandemrix have been given to people in 47 countries, and GSK said it had been notified of 335 cases of narcolepsy in those vaccinated as of July 6. Two-thirds of the narcolepsy cases were in Finland and Sweden.

Britain's biggest drugmaker said in a statement it had committed to conduct further research into any potential association between Pandemrix and narcolepsy.

Pandemrix was widely used during the 2009-10 outbreak of H1N1 swine flu, although it was not administered in the United States.

Several other drugmakers, including Novartis , Sanofi , CSL and Baxter also made vaccines against H1N1 flu during the pandemic, which was declared over in August last year.

Finnish and Swedish researchers were the first to raise concerns over a possible narcolepsy link to Pandemrix last August after noting cases in children recently given the GSK shot.

One research team earlier this year suggested children given Pandemrix were nine times more likely to suffer from the condition.

Researchers at Finland's National Institute for Health and Welfare said the increase they found in narcolepsy was "most likely" a joint effect of Pandemrix and some other factor or factors.

For the prior flu seasons:

There were four manufacturers' products approved by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the 2009 A-H1N1 Influenza. The drug companies are: CSL, Novartis, Sanofi Pasteur, and MedImmune.GlaxoSmithKline has not yet had approval for their vaccine in the US but it was approved in Europe.

CSL, Novartis and Sanofi Pasteur have produced the vaccines for injection that are made with inactivated viruses, and MedImmune has produced the nasal spray. None of the vaccines approved in the US by FDA contain adjuvants [A substance added to a vaccine to improve the immune response so that less vaccine is needed.]

CSLMelbourne-based CSL Ltd. NovartisNovartis AG, based in Basel, Switzerland Sanofi PasteurSanofi-Aventis SA, based in Paris MedImmuneMedImmune, LLC, the Maryland US- based Subsidiary of London's AstraZeneca

Note of Interest:

The U.S. is in "very active discussions" about donating some of its supply to countries that need it. CSL plans to donate vaccine to developing nations in Asia and the South Pacific. They are working on this with the World Health Organization to start by providing as many as 100,000 doses. According to the WHO, an initial distribution of the more than 300 million doses, which were donated by other countries to over 90 countries in need, will begin sometime in November.

Vaccine for H1N1/09 is being made for the US by Melbourne-based CSL Ltd., Sanofi-Aventis SA, based in Paris (aka Sanofi-Pasteur), London-based AstraZeneca Plc (MedImmune subsidiary), and Novartis AG based in Basel, Switzerland. GlaxoSmithKline Plc also is in the process of review by the FDA for their vaccine but it is not approved yet. They have gotten approval for one version of vaccine from the European EMEA, however, and is producing it for use in Europe.

Glaxo initially concentrated on development of its vaccine that contained an adjuvant, which is the version approved by the EMEA. Adjuvants are ingredients used in vaccines to boost the effectiveness. The Department of Health and Human Services in the US had decided to only use vaccines without adjuvants. Glaxo is also now doing clinical tests on vaccines without adjuvants for review by the FDA at a later date.

Besides Glaxo's vaccine, EMEA has also approved manufacture of vaccine for European use by Novartis which also contains an adjuvant.

Other countries have contracted with additional manufacturers.

Is sneezing bad for you?

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no not at all it clears mucus from ur throat and other areas

Would a head cold fall under the category of a common cold or the flu?

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If you are asking about a relationship between the common cold and influenza, there is one: both the common cold and influenza are caused by viruses. Other than that relationship, and that they both affect the upper respiratory system, they are not otherwise related.

If your question is asking if getting the flu is related to being cold or in the cold, then see the related questions in the related questions section for information about getting a cold or the flu from cold weather.

What are some potential side effects of the flu vaccine?

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The simple truth is that any vaccine can cause side effects, but they are usually minor. The most common side effects from the flu vaccine are soreness, redness, pain and swelling of the injection site, fever and malaise.

What part of your body does a cold affect?

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The common cold is caused by a virus. The name of the virus is Rhinovirus. The medical term "rhino" (derived from Greek) refers to the nose. Colds begin in the nose and sinuses and move through the upper respiratory system. That is why you sneeze, have a runny nose, cough and have a feeling of stuffiness and headaches. Sometimes a cold will allow you to get secondary bacterial infections, like bronchitis or otitis media (ear infections), but the main parts of the body affected by a common cold virus are the mucous tissues in the nose, sinuses, throat, and upper airway. See the related questions below for more information on how to protect yourself from common cold viruses.

Can you get stomach flu same day you are exposed?

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Yes, sort of, if they are carrying bacteria it is possible to get it as well. Make sure you do not share cups, forcks, and any other untensil. Don't use anything after them, such as a cell phone or remote (yes, really people clean these last two items the least, so they carry the most bacteria).

If you are sitting hands in your pocket and they are sitting hands in their pocket and are a foot away, it is unlikely that the bacteria will be transfered.

Is Swine Flu deadly to 12 year olds?

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So far, swine flu hasn't been any more deadly than the regular flu. Any form of the flu can be deadly, but normally only for people who have other medical problems as well. Avoid all concerns by getting the vaccination to prevent it in the first place.

Is a cold contagious?

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What is referred to in lay terms as a cold or common cold is called acute viral nasopharyngitis in medical jargon. This viral infectious disease is very contagious and spreads rapidly in most outbreaks due to the easy transfer of virus particles from person to person directly or by indirect transfers from touching contaminated items (see how a cold is spread in related questions.) The most common methods of spreading a cold include expulsion of respiratory droplets that contain virus particles when an infected person coughs or sneezes near someone else who touches and picks up the particles or who can breathe them in during a brief period if close to the person who sneezed or coughed. See related questions in the related questions section.

What is the common virus?

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takes over another cell and control it and it tells it to reproduce

How can you protect yourself and others from viruses and flu?

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Generally keeping a healthy lifestyle helps fight diseases in your body as they naturally enhance your white blood cells to combat any unwanted disease in the body. Boosting your immune system may require you to, stay active, eat clean and whole foods, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, drink 2–3 L of water per day, get 8 hours of sleep at night, start a hot/cold therapy (sauna), reduce toxin load, use elderberry syrup, take vitamin C (does not prevent, but reduces severity and length of illness)etc.

All of these things will help tremendously.

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For a flu like virus especially COVID-19 ultimately the best way is to never leave your house but we all have a life to live so the best ways to mitigate exposure from infection is to: avoid touching you face as much as possible, wash your hands and/or use alcohol sanitizer, wear a face mask to protect against droplets in the air that may have viruses which i could recommend an N95 which is medically secure but sometimes are not the most comfortable to wear, minimize in closed areas where large groups of people gather. Hospitals are the worst so think twice before going to an ER unless you feel you really need too. Maintain adequate hydration and nutrition.

Avoid airway irritants like smoking that impair your ability to expel mucous from your trachea. However If you find yourself coughing/sneezing then please do so into your arm, a handkerchief, etc to block the spread of droplets to people around you.

You also find out more about WHO's recommendations for getting vaccinated by checking their public advice page on COVID-19 vaccines.

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Is the coxsackie virus contagious?

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You may get this infection from, somebody who has hand, foot and mouth disease. You can get the infection from the saliva or by feco-oral route or by direct contact with the infected lesion fluid.

What is the original name of Swine Flu?

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H1N1 (Swine flu) was initially a disease of only swine (pigs), discovered in the 1930's. This influenza virus mutated into a new form in 2009, called A-H1N1/09, that caused a pandemic. It has been commonly called swine flu, too. The animal the H1N1 influenza virus has been named for is the hog (pig, swine). For more information see the related questions below.

How long is a person with a cold infectious?

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People with colds are contagious during the first two to four days of the infection. Colds pass from person to person in several ways.

How much solution goes into a flu vaccine?

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That depends on a number of variables. Age, type of flu vaccine used, administration route (there are both intramuscular ~ IM, and a new intradermal ~ ID vaccine for the 2011-2012 flu season in the US), etc. which will alter the dosage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a table that shows these parameters and dosages. A link to this information is provided in the related links section below.

What are some experiences of people who have had the flu about how long it lasted?

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  • There are so many types of flu that they can last for 2 days to 10 days or sometimes longer. If it lasts for more than four days please see your doctor as there may be complications or it may not be the flu at all and something else causing this. Some medications can make you feel like you are fighting off a flu bug.
  • I am currently at day 10 of my flu. I have been to see Doctors but to no avail. The doctor I saw had it last for 6 days, but he said that it can last much longer. I am in so much pain and discomfort still and have spiking temperatures as well. If there's one thing that I can suggest - it's get a flu vaccination. I wish I had but it's too late for me. I am hoping that the virus finally disappears this weekend.
  • Here are some over the counter remedies to help ease temperatures and aches and pains: Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil) reduce fever and relieve muscle ache and headaches. Aspirin use is discouraged for viral illnesses due to risk of Reye's Syndrome. Cough Medicine. There are two types of cough medicines: expectorants and suppressants. Expectorants loosen congestion in the respiratory tract. Suppressants reduce the frequency of coughing. Decongestants. Decongestants containing pseudo ephedrine (Sudafed) or phenylpropanolamine relieve sinus congestion. Side effects may include insomnia and nervousness.You can also phone a pharmacist at any drug store and ask what the best over the counter medication is for your symptoms. If your chest feels tight, throat sore and temperature starts to rise then go to the ER or a clinic to be check out to be sure it has not turned into Bronchitis or Pneumonia.
  • I have had the flu for about 3 days now and over the course I had a fever and I have very bad diarrhea. I don't know exactly what this illness is but I have missed four days of school. I looked up this sickness and it says the most the flu should last for is two weeks. If it goes over two weeks I would suggest going to the ER.
  • I have had the flu for two days. I am not getting anybetter, I am getting worse! I have not thrown up but I have filled like I was going to throw up. I have pills for my nausea, they help a lot.
  • This is my third day at home and I am finally getting better. The fever lasted for about 48 hours. Doc said stay home when you are free from fever for 24 hours. Guess I'll be back to work tomorrow.
  • I've had the flu last two days before. Right now I'm sitting at home with another case (albeit not as bad). So the flu doesn't always last forever. Not to sound like a broken record, but rest is what your body needs. People that hop up on medication so they can get to school or work are doing nothing but putting EVERYONE else they come in contact with into the same situation. Do everyone else a favor and stay home.
  • SUDAFED PE (the tablet forms) has worked for me when dealing with the flu. If you're not on a budget the AM/PM pills works but the regular pills works too. It helps on muscle aches as well as headaches. At night PM version helps block histamines so you won't be oozing off mucus or sneezing; it helps you sleep better; oh, yea, it helps with the coughing.
  • It depends on how weak your immune system is.My mothers cure for the flu was to wash the bug out,drink water and juice constantly and if you do not have the diarrhea take a laxative.