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Can You Get the Flu in the Summer?

Can You Get the Flu in the Summer?

Although most people get the flu during cold and flu season (fall and winter), you may wonder if it is possible to get the flu in spring or summer. Most everyone has heard the term flu season—in the United States, it's in the fall and winter—but...

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Flu vs. Allergies: What Are the Differences?

The flu and seasonal allergies share some symptoms, but the differences can be confusing. Learn about COVID vs. flu vs. allergies. A number of bacteria, viruses, and allergens can cause respiratory symptoms. Unfortunately, every breath you take...

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Antigenic Drift and Shift With the Flu Virus

Both antigenic drift and antigenic shift are terms used to describe ways in which the flu virus changes over time. Find out what the terms mean. Influenza strains are constantly mutating. A small change to the genetic makeup of influenza strains is...

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Why Your Rapid Flu Test Was Negative

It is possible that you could have flu-like symptoms and get a negative rapid flu test result. Find out why and what you should do. Rapid flu tests are useful to practitioners as they can yield results in about 15 minutes while patients are still in...

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The Flu

What is influenza and how can it affect you? Get the facts about influenza A and B, including what to expect if you get sick.

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Why Are Some Flu Seasons Worse Than Others?

Some years, the flu is really severe and makes a lot of people sick. Other seasons are milder. Learn why variations occur and how to protect yourself. Not only are there different types and strains of flu, but every flu season varies, with some...

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When Should You Go to the Hospital With the Flu?

Find out when you should go to the hospital with flu symptoms and when you should stay home. Every time flu season comes around, thousands of people flood hospital emergency rooms with flu symptoms. In particularly severe flu seasons, we see...

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How Long Is the Flu Contagious?

The flu is spread through droplets and you can be contagious before you start showing symptoms. Learn more about its incubation period. If you have been exposed to someone with the flu, you may be concerned about catching it. You may also wonder how...

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Understanding the Different Types of Flu

Learn about the different kinds of flu and how they are classified and spread. Gain an understanding of risk factors. Even though it's a common illness, confusion abounds about what influenza is and is not. Part of this stems from the many types of...

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What to Know About Rapivab (Peramivir)

Rapivab (peramivir) is an IV antiviral drug used to treat the flu caused by influenza A or B virus infection. Reviewed by a board-certified physician. Rapivab (peramivir) is an antiviral medication used to treat a flu infection caused by the...

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Causes and Risk Factors of the Flu

Getting the flu doesn't mean you can't get it again. Learn why, how it's transmitted, who's at greater risk, and what you can do to protect yourself. The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which is spread from person to person via...

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