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Flu is a contagious infectious infection or disease caused by the influenza virus. Fever, sore throat, hoarse voice, runny or stuffy nose, headache, fatigue, body pain, and cough are its symptoms. Sometimes they may also cause diarrhea and vomiting. Flu is transmissible through respiratory droplets while sneezing and coughing and through infected surfaces. Symptoms prevail for a maximum of one week in mild to moderate cases. Antivirals, painkillers, antipyretics, and symptomatic treatment gives relief.

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How to protect my 7-year-old son during flu season?

Query: Hello doctor, Being a 34-year-old mother, I am concerned about my 7-year-old son's health during the flu season. With many children in his school contracting influenza, I seek detailed guidance on ways to prevent him from getting the flu. Furthermore, I am interested in learning about the available...  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Influenza viruses of types A and B attack five to 10 percent of adults and 20–to 30 percent of children, thereby causing millions of acute respiratory infections worldwide. Most infections with influenza A and B ...  Read Full »

How can I prevent flu?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old woman. I have been concerned about the changing weather and the flu threat. I would greatly appreciate your guidance on how to take proactive measures to prevent catching the flu. Also if I or any one of my family catches the flu what should we do? Kindly suggest so...  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Most infections with influenza A and B viruses do not cause pronounced symptoms or acute self-limiting uncomplicated influenza with sudden onset of fever (≥38.5°C), dry cough, sore throat, body aches and pains, and headaches. Fatigue, swea...  Read Full »

How to protect me and my family from the upcoming flu season?

Query: Hello doctor, I am really worried about the flu season approaching. I am worried about the influenza outbreak. I am a 37-year-old male. I am desperate to protect myself and my family. 1. Should I get the flu vaccine, and if so, when should I do it? 2. Can you please advise me on what steps I should ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Most infections with influenza A and B viruses do not cause pronounced symptoms or cause acute, self-limiting, uncomplicated influenza with a sudden onset of fever (greater than or equal to 101.3°F (degree Fahrenhe...  Read Full »

I would like to know about the symptoms of influenza. Kindly advice.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 38-year-old female. My neighbor is affected by an influenza infection. When is the best time to get a flu vaccine, and how effective are the vaccines available this season? Are there any specific recommendations or considerations for my age group or health status? I would like to...  Read Full »


Dr. Raveendran S R

Answer: Hello doctor, Welcome to the icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. It is great that you are considering getting a flu vaccine and taking preventive measures. Here is some information to address your questions: The best time to get a flu vaccine is typically in the early fall before flu s...  Read Full »

How to treat my cough that persists in spite of antibiotics?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from a cough since 15 days. There is phlegm as well. I tried using so many syrups, antibiotics and Levocetirizine with Montelukast. The X-ray and CBP (complete blood picture) are normal. But, the cough is still persisting and troubling me. What do you suggest?  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. You have a cough from two weeks along with expectoration. You have taken antibiotics and antiallergic medicines, but you have not mentioned the name of the antibiotic which you have taken. I would suggest a few things: Any person wit...  Read Full »

My 10-month-old son has a persistent flu and cough. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 10 months old and he has the flu. He has a persistent cough and his breathing is not pleasing. What can I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, I appreciate you signing up on icliniq. You now have exclusive access to expert medical opinion. Few things you can do to help him feel better: Make sure your son stays hydrated by offering him plenty of fluids such as breast milk, formula, or water. If he is having trouble drinking, you may...  Read Full »

I have an eardrum burst following a flu. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old male. My eardrum burst after coming down with the flu. It has been leaking this watery bloody substance. This happened about four hours ago. I was in pain till it burst. Seems like all the pressure went away and was a huge relief. My question is do I let it heal on i...  Read Full »


Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Small perforations of tympanic membrane heal on their own, particularly if traumatic. However, you say that it happened after a flu. You may need to see an otolaryngologist to determine if you have any infection in the middle ear. If otitis media is present you will ...  Read Full »

Can I give Ibuprofen to my child who has a fever and cough?

Query: Hello doctor, My 2-year-old child had been suffering from fever and cough. I am giving him antibiotics and Paracetamol. Can I give him Ibuprofen to relieve his fever and pain? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash Chandra Girdhar Lal Nagar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query. As per the information provided, your child is having a cough and a fever, and the most common cause of it is a viral infection that does not require antibiotics. I have a few questions. 1. For how many days has he had a cough and fev...  Read Full »

Is there a risk of hantavirus from cleaning mouse feces?

Query: Hello doctor,I recently cleaned under an oven where a mouse had nested. I observed no dead or live mice. All urine and feces appeared very old, but I am uncertain of their exact age. I am also unsure of how long the house has been vacant. I began by sweeping the area. Upon realizing it was feces and...  Read Full »


Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Hantavirus infection is transmitted by a wide variety of wild mice. It manifests with symptoms similar to the flu, including chest heaviness. Other symptoms include fatigue, fever, and muscle aches, particularly in the large muscle groups such as the thighs, hips, back, ...  Read Full »

How can I ensure safety amid avian flu risk?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 45-year-old male, and the situation is unsettling. With the onset of flu season, there are reports of farmers culling their poultry due to concerns about avian flu. The issue in my area is the presence of migratory birds, as they either settle here for winter or travel to another...  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. We feel glad that you reached out to us. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that avian influenza, or bird flu, is caused by avian influenza (flu) type A viruses. These viruses naturally circulate among wild aquatic birds globally and can infect...  Read Full »

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