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Is it possible to prevent the flu? Test your flu IQ with this quiz.

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Which of the following is more likely to help avoid spreading the flu?

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The correct answer is: All three, together with other factors, help avoid spreading the disease.

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What is the best way to prevent flu?

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The correct answer is: According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), a flu shot is the best way to avoid the flu.

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What percentage of the U.S. population gets the flu?

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The correct answer is: According to the NIH, 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu.

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How many people die of flu-related causes each year?

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The correct answer is: Some 36,000 Americans die each year from flu-related causes.

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What is 2009 H1N1 flu?

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The correct answer is: It is similar to seasonal flu, but it poses different risks to different age groups.

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Which age group is most at risk from 2009 H1N1 flu?

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The correct answer is: Children 6 months or older and young people up to 24 years of age are most at risk.

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Does the 2009 H1N1 vaccine include protection against seasonal flu?

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The correct answer is: It does not include or replace the seasonal flu vaccine, but is in addition to it. The CDC explains: Three vaccine viruses are chosen to maximize the likelihood that the influenza vaccine will protect against the viruses most likely to spread and cause illness among people during the upcoming flu season. For 2011-2012, the CDC chose the same viruses selected for the 2010-2011 vaccine.

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Who should receive priority in receiving H1N1 vaccine?

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The correct answer is: Health care professionals should get priority so they do not pass the disease to other, more vulnerable people.

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Which of the following complementary or alternative medical treatments has been proven effective in treating flu?

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The correct answer is: So far, no complementary or alternative medical (CAM) treatment has been proven to be effective.

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What can reduce the severity of flu symptoms?

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The correct answer is: Antiviral drugs such as oseltamivir and zanamivir can reduce the severity and duration of the symptoms.

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Is it usually safe to use natural products to treat flu and other diseases?

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The correct answer is: Natural does not always mean safe. The only proven flu treatment is the use of antiviral drugs.

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How many people are hospitalized by the flu each year?

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The correct answer is: Flu causes some 200,000 hospitalizations each year.

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Can the flu vaccine give you the flu?

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The correct answer is: It cannot, since the viruses used are killed in the process of making the vaccine.

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What are the most common side-effects of the flu vaccine?

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The correct answer is: Soreness from the injection is the most common after-effect. Fever and weakness are rare.

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Is the flu vaccine immediately effective?

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The correct answer is: The vaccine takes about two weeks to take effect.

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Can someone who has been vaccinated against seasonal flu come down with the flu?

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The correct answer is: It's possible if the person had been exposed to the virus before the vaccination.

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Is there a risk of waning effectiveness if the flu vaccine is taken early in the season?

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The correct answer is: The vaccine is effective for the entire flu season.

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Does being vaccinated twice give added protection?

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The correct answer is: Only one dose is required, even for the elderly, but certain children may need an extra dose.

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Is there a vaccine against the stomach flu?

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The correct answer is: Flu is a respiratory disease and not a stomach disease. The ailment known as stomach flu is not a true flu.

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If you have chills, cough, fever, sore throat and an upset stomach, what are you probably suffering from?

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The correct answer is: You've probably got a bad cold, since flu does not usually cause an upset stomach.

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Colds and flu are both viral infections, but have different symptoms. With a cold you will have symptoms such as a runny nose or a sore throat. Flu symptoms come on suddenly and may include fever, body aches or vomiting. While the...

re is no cure for either, there are treatments -- chicken soup, nasal sprays, rest -- which can help your feel better.
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