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swine flu treatment and prevention - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   I think my husband my have the swine flu and we have an eight month year old baby who only received one flu shot (he was supposed to get two). What should we do? Does my husband need to go to the doctor? He doesn't feel worse than any normal flu. This took about three days of feeling like he just had a cold to come on strong. Is it too late for Tamiflu?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :  
May i know his age?
User :   34
Doctor :  
Is he having fever too?
User :   yes
User :   101
Doctor :   Does he have any other medical illness
User :   no, healthy otherwise
Doctor :  
like diabetes, asthma, kidney disease.
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
I shall explain it to you.
Doctor :  
Tamiflu which is a medication given for viral flu is indicated in the presence of a grade two or a grade three viral flu.
Doctor :   Does he have any history of exposure to a swine flu positive patient?
User :   I don't think so
Doctor :  
Doctor :   According to the history provided he comes under grade i which is not that serious form of viral flu.
Doctor :  
He does not need tamiflu now.
User :   How about the baby? Should I be worried that he is going to get sick as well? He has only had one of two vaccinations.
Doctor :  
How ever if the fever persits for more than 5 days and if he develpos any breathing discomfort then there is a need for tamiflu
Doctor :   How old is the baby?
User :   eight months
Doctor :  
Does the kid have any symptoms of flu now?
User :   none
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
You can keep the kid away from your husband now.
Doctor :  
He does not require any treatment now.
User :   Will the one vaccine help to protect him at all.
Doctor :  
Incase if there are any flu symptoms developing then there is a need for tamiflu in the kid.
Doctor :  
Have you followed?
User :   yes
Doctor :  
What was the vaccine was given?
User :   I don't have the records but I think it was a regular flu shot and another for h1n1 about 6 weeks ago
Doctor :   You need not worry much..
Doctor :  
The vaccine that was given will offer some protection
User :   if the baby does show signs and I get him to a doctor right away and he gets tamilu than should I not worry that the flu can be dangerous for him
User :   ?
Doctor :  
Yes. you need to take him to the doctor
User :   ok thanks
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no thats it
Doctor :  
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User :   ok. thanks again.
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