Pregnant women are advised to get the flu vaccine. Pregnant women are also advised to avoid mercury. The vast majority of the flu vaccine stock available in the US contains thimerosol. Should a pregnant woman get vaccinated with a flu vaccine that contains thimerosol? Does your answer vary depending on the stage of pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck
on Oct 10, 2006 -
Corporate Pandemic Flu Planning: I'm looking for model corporate planning guides that our company can learn and borrow from. The best I've found so far is this 3M Corporate Planning Guide
-- and want more of the same. I'm not
looking for general information (like CDC Checklists or HHS Plans). I want something produced by a corporation to meet business continuation planning needs. So either something like this 3M plan, or some type of template like it. My email address is in my profile, if that's helpful.
posted by nancoix
on Aug 15, 2006 -
If a fever is the human body's response to pathogens, does taking medicine to bring down one's fever increase recovery time? If this is true, is it true of all medicines that treat cold/flu symptoms?
posted by Mayor Curley
on Mar 21, 2006 -
How do you and your significant other deal with one of you being/getting sick (cold/flu/etc)? Does the sick one make any attempt to avoid getting the other sick? If so, how?
posted by sdis
on Feb 7, 2006 -
How do you avoid irritated skin around the nostrils when you have a cold? [more inside]
posted by cm
on Jan 23, 2006 -
Is there a good reason for a healthy, relatively young person to get a flu shot? [more inside]
posted by Sully6
on Nov 18, 2005 -
Is regular flu vaccine effective against the avian flu?
posted by blue_beetle
on Oct 22, 2005 -
Are online pharmacies a total scam? I'd like some tamiflu, but don't want my doctor to think I'm a tinfoil-hatted drug-seeking nutso. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 24, 2005 -
I just read a wire story
stating that, "hundreds of thousands of people may die and one quarter of the work force could be absent if Britain were hit by a bird flu pandemic said."
How seriously should we be worried?
posted by trinarian
on Mar 22, 2005 -
Assuming the Avian Flu pandemic become reality within the next year or two, what preparations should a rational first-world citizen undertake? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish
on Mar 4, 2005 -
About three weeks ago I had a nasty cold. Headache, congestion, nose running 24-7. Since then, I wake up every morning to blow my nose out, thick, green, blood speckled mucus having accumulated there.
This morning I blew my nose and afterwards a fresh stream of blood poured out.
I've never had a nosebleed in my life nor have I ever stuffed any junk up there. Does this warrant a visit to the doctor?
ps: I'm not a hypochondriac, it's just that I've never been sick.
posted by jsavimbi
on Feb 28, 2005 -
1) Is there any truth to the rumor that "once you manifest symptoms, you're no longer contagious?"
2) If you're recovering from one illness, are you more or less suceptible to others? eg: If I've just gotten over a cold, is my immune system weak and susceptible to strep throat? Or is it on high-alert and likely to protect me better?
3) Following on number 2, why don't more people get multiple viruses/bugs at once, or in rapid sequence? Anecdotally, it seems that most people enjoy an interval of good health after recovering from something. Is that true?
posted by scarabic
on Feb 16, 2005 -
For the last few days I think
I've been suffering from a very mild stomach flu. Nothing virulent, just enough to make me at times mildly uncomfortable. A friend of mine wants me to meet him for a drink tonight. I've heard that whisky can kill microbes in the stomach. Is this true? If so, would a couple of fingers of whisky be a good idea tonight? [more inside]
posted by sic
on Jan 31, 2005 -
I've had the flu since Wednesday. I haven't left my apartment since Friday. A friend just told me that I won't get better unless I air out my apartment and take a walk outside. Is that true? Can germs live in your bedsheets?
I'd readily go outside, but there's two feet of snow and it's fourteen degrees out.
posted by jsavimbi
on Jan 23, 2005 -
Have any of you had the flumist vaccine this year? How did you react to it-did you get sick? (MI) [more inside]
posted by konolia
on Dec 15, 2004 -
I've caught my first cold of the season and the frequent nose blowing is irritating the skin near my nose. I seem to remember a suggestion to use vaseline on the irritated skin - does that sound like reasonable solution?
posted by jperkins
on Nov 26, 2004 -
Cat flu: I'm looking after a cat for a friend, and she recently (yesterday) got a runny nose, and coughs some. She also appears listless and bored. I'm stuck at work and will get her to the vet ASAP, but for now I need some reassurance that this isn't fatal? Thanks!
posted by jon_kill
on Jul 22, 2004 -