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i have RA and my lungs and joints are affected. Is it advisable to take the Pneumonia vaccination.?
is there a possibility that the pneumonia vaccination can cause a flare up of RA or cause any other adverse effect
  The pneumonia vaccine is not known to be associated with causing flare-ups of RA. There are known adverse effects, but most of these are mild and associated with mild pain/inflammation at the injection site.

If there is a reasonable indication, my inclination would be to recommend the vaccine - you may well be on immunosuppressive treatments for RA as it is, and the vaccine does make a small difference in whether you catch pneumococcal pneumonia or not.
Ivan L
pneumonia vaccination can this be given to the patient when they are in athe hospital with pneumonia?
Gayle E
  I don't think that the shot will be given until the person is well. They already have pneumonia, there is nothing to prevent by giving the shot, and the immunity has to deal with the shot. Some people will get ill from the shot alone.

It is far better to go on a course of homeopathics to strengthen the immunity after the hospitalization. And later consider the immunization.

Pneumonia is bad, vey serious, but it's a weakened immunity, and potentially some sadness that allowed the condition to flourish.

It's the immunity and the emotional health that needs work, and a shot does not help. I've had the pneumonia shot, and have still caught it. There are many types of pneumonia, and they morph too quickly to be caught by a vaccination, though the vaccination may catch the main strains.

Yoga Rani
i just had a pneumonia, after recovery , do i need a vaccination for pneumonia?
  Bob is correct. Pneumonia isn't a disease that you can get from someone else, its a condition where if you are really sick and the mucus enters your lungs it can stick to your Aveoli sac in your lungs.

Doctors don't need to take x-rays of your chest or get a sample of your blood to see if you have pneumonia. Pneumonia is the build of fluid in your lungs. When you breath in you can hear very distinct breath sound that is attributed to pneumonia and that is rales/ or crackling at the end of each breath you breathe in and exhale out.

There is medication to treat pneumonia but nothing to prevent it other then insuring the next time you get sick you take your cough/flu medicine regularly, and make sure you drink plenty of fluids.
Hot Rod
What are my "rights" if I don't want the new Swine Flu vaccination or other flu jabs ?
To-day the News sources report Doctors getting bonuses for the number of jabs. I choose not to have a flu jab, although I did have a pneumonia vaccination two years ago. I am considered "at risk" but I don't like the idea at all of vaccinations. I don't like confrontation and dreading the annual "harassment" by my GP.
Techno blonde
  Well I am guessing you live in america in which case you don't have to take anything you don't want. This is a free country not a dictatorship. However I would suggest getting the vaccine. These vaccines have been around for years. Every new flu season there is a new strain of the flu out. This year we actually got a jump because swine flu or what I would rather call the H1N1 strain of the flu. Came out early so they could get a vaccine developed before the regular flu season began. This is a good thing actually. People are very uneducated about the "swine flu" all flu strains in humans jump from birds to humans or mammals actually and back and forth and cause flu in humans during the normal flu season which normally like the colder weather. This year it jumped from pigs which is not uncommon and is a different strain that transmits easier than other strains. It is in fact a much milder flu than regular seasonal flu symptomatically. It's viral lethality is much less than the seasonal flu which kills many more people annually than the swine flu has but has a much slower transmission rate. Bottom line is that swine flu is just another flu strain and flu vaccines for it as well as any other strain have been developed and given out every year. I would suggest getting it because its safe and it can help you keep from getting the flu this season and no one likes to be sick. But in any case what you decide is what matters no one will force you to take the vaccine.
Mike J
What is the pneumonia vaccination protocol ?
If you get the pneumonia vaccine before your 65yrs old, do you get a
2nd vaccine when you reach 65 or do you get one every 5 years?
  Do NOT get vaccinated.

A vaccinated person is MORE likely to get a disease than a non-vaccinated person. The whole theory of vaccination is flawed. It causes a weakening of the immune system thus making those who are innoculated more susceptible to disease.
There are so many awful side effects to vaccination that it should be considered extremely dangerous.
Just sit back and think for a while.
Is there any sense in injecting a disease directly into the bloodstream.
We have been subjected to an awful mind control program to enable the drug manufacturers to make a fortune.

The Vaccination Hoax

If you go to the vaccination liberation web page, at
You will find all the forms necessary to provide exemption for your child.

If you want to study the history of vaccination, see
David W
Pneumonia vaccine once in a lifetime or more often?
Our local vaccination clinic advises a pneumonia shot for everybody once every five years. They also charge the earth for it. I read on the internet that the vaccine is just once in a lifetime, except for people who have serious health problems. Which is correct? Thank you.
David M
  Here's some good reasons NOT to get this vaccination. Don't be misled by the medical profession. References are shown below

Flawed Clinical Trials Did Not Prove Safety: Wyeth Lederle and Kaiser Permanente compared one experimental vaccine (pneumococcal) against another (meningococcal)1, which seriously compromised the scientific validity of the trial. Children in groups who got the pneumococcal vaccine suffered more seizures, irritability, high fevers and other reactions. There were 12 deaths in the Prevnar group, including 5 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) deaths. [Since the vaccine was licensed in 2000, there have been 3,243 Prevnar-related adverse events reported to the federal government (VAERS), including 476 serious events and 79 deaths.]3

· No Long Term Studies: There were no long term studies to evaluate whether Prevnar vaccine given alone or in combination with other vaccines is associated with chronic illness or disability, such as the development of diabetes, asthma, seizure disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, or autism.

· Vaccine Components Not Thoroughly Evaluated: Each 0.5ml dose of Prevnar contains 0.125 mg. of aluminum, a metal that is neurotoxic. The vaccine manufacturer states that "Prevnar has not been evaluated for any carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or impairment of fertility." 4,1

· Efficacy Low For Preventing Ear Infections: Despite the suggestion by the manufacturer and Kaiser Pemanente officials in pre-licensure press releases that Prevnar vaccine is an ear infection vaccine, the vaccine has never been licensed by the FDA to prevent ear infections. Clinical trials showed that the vaccine decreases a child's chance of getting an ear infection by only 7 percent.5, 6

· Prevnar May Interfere With Efficacy of Other Vaccines: The manufacturer product insert indicates that when Prevnar is given at the same time as HIB, pertussis and polio vaccines, it may lower the efficacy of those vaccines for some children. There is no data on what happens when Prevnar vaccine is given in combination with MMR or chicken pox vaccines.1

· Voluntary Use of the Vaccine Is High: Wyeth Lederle, the CDC and AAP have done an excellent job promoting the mass use of this vaccine by children. Prevnar topped the sales charts as the number one best selling new pharmaceutical among all pharmaceuticals brought on the market in the year 2000, generating $461 million in sales.7 Voluntary uptake of the vaccine is so high that there are Prevnar vaccine shortages and the CDC recently temporarily revised its recommendations to urge that only high risk groups of children should receive all four doses of the vaccine.2 This experience shows that mandates are not needed.

1. Wyeth-Lederle Product Manufacturer Insert (Pneumococcal 7-Valent Conjugate Vaccine (PREVNAR). Issued February 2000.
2. Centers for Disease Control. Dec. 10,2001 press release: ACIP Votes to Temporarily Revise Recommendations for Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine,
3. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) Data
4. Aluminum Toxicity in Infants and Children (RE9607). Pediatrics. Vol. 97, No. 3 (March 1996).
5. Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories. Sept. 25, 1998 press release: New Investigational Vaccine Demonstrates High Efficacy Against Pneumococcal Disease in Children.
6. Kaiser Permanente. May 4, 1999 press release: Investigational Vaccine Is First To Show Effectiveness Against Childhood Ear Infections.
7. O'Reiley T. Vaccine Tops Sales Chart. March 4, 2001. Daily Record (Morris County, NJ).
what are the possible side effects of the pneumonia vaccination and how often does one need to take it ?
doctor j
  *Some of the side affects of the pneumonia vaccine are soreness and/or redness at the site of the injection, fever, rash, and allergic reactions.

*When should I get the vaccine?
The strep pneumonia vaccine can be given at your convenience, any time of the year. If you are 65 or older, you only need the vaccine once in your lifetime.
okalie dokalie
How can you get rid of recurring pneumonia?
Last year my mother had both pneumonia and MRSA pneumonia and is currently on a ventilator. We were told the MRSA would always stay in her body. Now an xray has shown she has pneumonia again, but we can't tell which kind without a culture. Is there anything she can do to help prevent pneumonia from constantly coming back?
  I get a pneumonia shot every 7 years.
I'm sure your doctor has informed you
of it. It really does work.

God bless you mother.
Butter Cup
What is the difference between Pneumonia and Walking Pneumonia?
What is the difference between the two?

I bet in a decade there will be Jogging Pneumonia and Sprinting Pneumonia. How about Galloping or Skipping Pneumonia? haha.
Why do they call it 'walking' Pneumonia, anyways?
  Pneumonia is acute inflammation of the lungs caused by infection. Initial diagnosis is usually based on chest x-ray. Causes, symptoms, treatment, preventive measures, and prognosis differ depending on whether the infection is bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic; whether it is acquired in the community, hospital, or nursing home; and whether it develops in a patient who is immunocompetent or immunocompromised.
An outdated term, "walking pneumonia", has been used to describe a type of community-acquired pneumonia of less severity (hence the fact that the patient can continue to "walk" rather than require hospitalization). Walking pneumonia is usually caused by a virus or by atypical bacteria.
gangadharan nair
What is a type of pneumonia that sounds close to bilobar pneumonia?
My teacher told me to look up the definition of bilobar pneumonia (a term used in the TV show called House), but there is no condition called bilobar pneumonia...
Never mind, i found something called lobar pneumonia, which is pneumonia affecting one or more lobes of the lungs. With that info, would bilobar pneumonia affect two lobes of the lungs.
  It just means that two lobes of the lung are consolidated with fluid from infection.

or maybe you mean Bilateral pneumonia which means the infection is in both the left and right lung.

you got it!
well I just recently got pneumonia like a couple of days ago and im treating it right now.. all I thought that it was a bad cough and I was smoking at the time and I was wondering if smoking can worsen pneumonia? or could it make the pneumonia last longer? also I was wondering after pneumonia goes away can I still continue to smoke?
  Of course smoking exacerbates pneumonia,and yes it can make it worse.Pneumonia's also leaves a "scar' in the lung,after its healed,and scar tissue is tough and fibrous,and not good for pulmonary function etc.Yes you "can" smoke after being sick,but that would be dumb. You would be accelerating the destruction of your lungs, causing your premature death. Take care. SW FNP
sharon w
What are the chances of a pneumonia reoccurance?
I had pneumonia last February and ever since every cold has been "stronger". The last cold I had was very strong. I had chest pain but not as much as when i had pneumonia. I felt the same way but less intense. What are the chances of getting pneumonia again? Just out of curiosity and for my own knowledge. Thanx in advance.
If, I have asthma, will it increase my chances?
When I had pneumonia, it was really bad. I was hospitalied, given IV antibiotics. Stayed in the hospital for 5 days. I'm 13.
  Recurrence of pneumonia is very, very common. Many people have it 3 or 4 times over a course of a couple of years after getting it the first time.
A pneumonia vaccine cannot prevent pneumonia, as this condition can be caused by bacteria, viruses, inhalation of small foreign particles, etc.
Dwight Guy
It's winter (obviously), but it's not cold here. The lowest the temperature usually drops it about 50 or 60. Sometimes I go outside without a jacket and with short sleeves. My grandma always argues with me and tells me that if I don't put on warm clothes then I will get sick with a cold or pneumonia. My great grandma had double(?) pneumonia and died shortly after. How do you get pneumonia?
  You can get pneumonia from a variety of sources (as the PP said--viral, bacterial, fungal). Of the bunch, viral is generally the easiest to acquire and fortunately also usually the least serious, but you have to be exposed to them. Cold alone will not do it. (And 50-60 degrees doesn't sound cold to me!)

There is some evidence that stressing the body through chilling, soaking, starvation or overtiredness may make it more likely for one of these things to take hold. This is thought to be due to the immune system not working quite at full strength because the body is using up its resources elsewhere or is depleted.

I'm sorry about your great-grandmother. Yes, you can have 'double pneumonia', which is a way of saying it's in both lungs and is obviously more serious than having it only in one. Older people tend to be much more suceptible to pneumonia because their immune systems are weaker and because they often have less reserve to fall back on when they get sick.

Don't argue with your grandma. *g* Take a sweater.
Does the 2010/11 seasonal flu vaccination in the UK contain the Swine flu vaccination?
I have the flu jab every year but will not have it this year if it contains the swine flu part, I've read too many bad things about the swine flu vaccination. My doctors surgery say that 'it might' contain it. Anyone got evidence that it will?
  The 2010--11 trivalent vaccines will contain A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like, A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like, and B/Brisbane/60/2008-like antigens. The influenza A (H1N1) vaccine virus is derived from a 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus.
Dr Frank
Is it OK to get a pneumonia vaccine one day and then a shingles vaccination the next day?
I received these two vaccinations in two days and got horribly sick with a deep cough and body aches..5 days and still sick. Do the vaccines make you sick?
Joyce C
  I know the pneumonia vaccine makes some people ill, don't know about the one for shingles. The body aches are a common complaint after the pneumonia jab. My doctors advise against 2 jabs together, but some agree with it. I wish I'd know about these vaccines 2 years ago, instead of ending up in hospital with pneumonia, shingles, pleurisy and a kidney infection. Phone your doctor and explain you're still feeling ill, but I think you should be showing a big improvement in the next 2 days. If you live in the UK, call N.H.S Direct, and they'll talk you through everything, they're fully qualified medical staff and are really nice. Hope you're feeling much better soon, but call someone to put your mind at rest. Good luck.....EDIT...Jessica, how the hell will joining your motor cycle club (or whatever club) make the asker feel better? Talk about weird.
Should I be worried about letting my kids get the swine flu vaccination at school?
I have been reading articles about parents who are against letting there kids get vaccinated at school saying the vaccination is to new..Isn't the reg flu vaccination new too each year they have to make it for a different strain of virus right? Just wondering what other parents thoughts are..
Shannon D
  You are correct the "reg" flu vaccination is made up each year with a different strains of the virus. They use the strains that are predicted to be most common that year. That is why people that get the vaccination can still get the flu because what they get isn't the virus that was made into the vaccination. The difference between the "reg" flu vaccination and the H1N1 is that they (being the people that make the vaccinations) have never made this strain of virus so they don't know the amount of virus that will be the most effective and they don't know what long term effects the vaccination will have. However, In the US, the FDA and CDC will not let this vaccination out to the general public without having tested it. Vaccinations work because it gives you an amount of the virus, which has been killed or weaken, in your body and you immune system fights the virus and builds up antibodies against the virus so that if you get the virus in your body your body already has the antibodies or defences to attack and kill the virus.
Pneumonia. When will I feel better?
I posted a question after being diagnosed with pneumonia in my left lower lobe. At the time I felt I was getting worse. And, I was. Several days later I checked into the ER after noticing my nails were turning blue and I was getting very disoriented. They diagnosed me with pneumonia in my right side mid lobe. So now I had pneumonia in both lungs.

I was treated over the next several days with repeated IVs of Zosyn, a shot of Lovenox each morning and Mucinex twice a day. Within days I felt a lot better.

I was discharged and sent home with orders to do my breathing exercises several times I day. I have noticed a huge improvement. However, I still feel really tired most of the day and I don't have my full appetite. Is this normal? How long will it last?

Has anyone else been beaten down by pneumonia? I am 44 years old and have never been hospitalized until now.
  Depending on the type of pneumonia you have, it can take several weeks or months to completely recover. It is very normal to be tired most of the day, and not have much of an appetite. You should get plenty of rest. Take your antibiotic as prescribed (if bacterial pneumonia), drink alot of fluids every day, and try to not to do activities that will over exert you. The more rested you are, the stronger your immune response will be in fighting the infection. Since you were treated with Zosyn (pipericillin/tazobactam), i suspect that it was a gram-positive pathogen such as Strep pneumo, or HiB? Just keep doing your breathing exercises as directed, take antibiotics, corticosteroids, and rest as much as possible.

Good luck to you, hope you get back to normal very soon.
Dr. Gilmore
i have primary biliary cirrhosis am i entitled to a flu vaccination?
I have the above liver disease but in the early stages and would like to know if i am entitled to receive the flu vaccination
How long does it take for pneumonia to get started and become lethal?
An experienced nurse does a through check on a patient with a stethoscope and says everything is just ok, but patient dies after 2 weeks from pneumonia. Did she miss something or can pneumonia start and get lethal in the period of time. Shortness of breath was the primary reason for the check.
  can range from hours to days, depends on the person immunity status and the virulence of the organism involved
Should you take the swine flu vaccination if you are healthy?
Ive heard on the internet and the news that swine flu vaccinations have been known to cause various side effects. One of them that really had me thinking was Paralysis. Should I take a vaccination if I am healthy?
Ryan Greenland
  I'm going to tell you what my doctor told me yesterday while giving my 2 year old the regular flu shot. He doesn't recommend getting the swine flu vaccine for one big reason. The government ask the company to put it together so fast that the company made the government sign a waver saying that they are not responsible should something go wrong with it. Now do you really want to use a product that the company that made it doesn't even stand behind?
Mrs. Giggles
Hey im doing a research project. Does anyone know how many different strains of pneumonia there are? Could you also provide me with the website to this information. I googled and could not find it. THANKS SO MUCH.
  hahaha. Pneumonia can be caused by anything. If you aspirate some food, you could get in from just about ANY airborne microorganism, or it could be caused by something Viral. Pneumonia is basically medical terms for "crap in your lungs"; namely mucus. If I had to break it down, I would go: "Aspiration Pneumonia, Bacterial Pneumonia, Viral Pneumonia"..
Sarah W
What is the difference between pneumonia and bronchitis?
My doctor diagnosed me with bronchitis, but I think it is pneumonia. Isn't a bronchitis cough dry and pneumonia causes a lot of phlegm?When I cough I get a rattling in my chest and my cough sounds like Rice Crispies in milk. I've been sick with a cough over a month. My doctor gave me an antibiotic but I don't feel much better.
  Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes and the bronchi that go into the lungs and pneumonia is in the lungs and where they fill with fluid. Your chest will feel heavy and hurt on movement and not just on breathing. Sometimes your chest will hurt on one side and feel"heavy" and you can definitely tell the difference.
k m
What are the symptoms of the swine flu vaccination?
On Sunday, I got the nasal spray vaccination for swine flu. I already had gotten the seasonal flu shot. Starting on Friday, I began having what I believe are flu symptoms; coughing, stuffy nose, aches and pain in my back, headaches, sensitivity to light, I feel like I have a fever (I can't find my thermometer), and I am constantly cold.
  My two children and I received the H1N1 vaccine last week - although we had the injections. We haven't had any side effects.

Back when my kids used to receive the flu mist version for the seasonal flu, they would have a dry throat and runny nose for a couple days. I'm not sure if they ran a temperature or not. My friend who is a pharmacist received the flu mist for H1N1 and he did have extremely mild symptoms for a day - but not what you're describing. It's possible that perhaps you came in contact with someone who was ill during this time - which is especially possible if you received the immunization from a medical clinic.
How long until my H1N1 flu vaccination actually prevents H1N1?
I got my vaccination for H1N1 a few hours ago as well as my seasonal flu vaccine . Is there still a time period where I can get H1N1 or the regular flu ? Am I protected from H1N1 right now ? Also , if I caught swine flu today before my vaccine (if my luck was that bad) would I still get it? Please help! Thanks :]
Ringabell <3
  You should have 93% immunity by day 21 after your vaccination. No, you are not very well protected right now but your antibodies and immunity will gradually increase and improve each day. And yes, if you caught H1N1 flu today, it would be like not being vaccinated... at least for a few days.
What other ingredients are in the flu vaccination?
I got the flu vaccination the other day and felt immediatly light headed. I thought in time that it would go away, but by the end of the night my entire arm was red, swollen and hard. I thought that the swelling would go away in time, but it lasted a week. I know that I am not allergic to eggs as I eat them all the time. Does anyone know of any other ingredient that I might be allergic to or an answer to why this might have happend to me
Kresslyn S
  There's formaldehyde and mercury and other nasty ingredients. Here are the product inserts for each brand of flu vaccine. The ingredients are listed under the heading, "Description"

FluMist spray

Here is a brochure about how to report vaccine adverse reactions to the government.

As to why this happened to you, read the product inserts I linked to and you'll see that there are many adverse health effects that people can suffer from the vaccines.
Influenza and pneumonia vaccinations?
My doctor suggested that this fall I get both the pneumonia and flu vaccinations because of my chronic lung condition (asthma).
I have a very physically demanding job that requires heavy lifting and continous use of my arms.
Last year I received a flu shot in my arm and it became so sore that I had problems doing my job for a couple days.
What I am wondering is; can both the pneumonia and flu shot be given in my buttocks instead of my arms and if so,can both shots go into one buttock cheek or would they have to go into seperate buttock cheeks ie one in each side?
Or will they have to go into my arms?
George B
  I think they will have to go in your arms. I've been having flu shots for 10 years and sometimes they've made me really sore and others have hurt hardly at all. One thing you can do is ask them to inject the shot a little lower on your arm. Some of the medical personnel inject way too high on the arm and it causes the whole shoulder area to hurt. I hate when they do that.
If you take the seasonal flu vaccination and got the h1n1 what would the results be?
If you take the seasonal flu vaccination and got the h1n1 what would the results be? I'm asking this question because we know that viruses have the ability of changing its genetic composition, so if those two viruses combine in your body, would a new deadly disease be born?
  The viruses would not swap genes because this occurs when they both infect the same cell in a person's (or pig's or bird's) body and interact during the process of making new copies of themselves, but the viral material in flu shots can't do that since it is "dead" (or "inactivated" since a virus is never really "alive" to begin with). The H1N1 vaccine that is recommended for most people in the US to receive is actually a nasal spray, not a shot, and it uses a weakened - but not inactivated - virus. (Also, by the way, the nasal spray, unlike the shot, doesn't contain any mercury, which, as I see from your another question you posted, you was another concern of yours.) But as long as at least one of the viruses (in this case the one in the seasonal flu shot) is incapable of invading your cells and reproducing itself, it won't be possible for the two to trade genetic material.
Matthew T
where can i get hepatitis B immunization/vaccination??
i need to get a hepatitis B immunization/vaccination which is a set of 3 shots. this is very pricey almost 300 dollars. where can an adult get this vaccination for very cheap or free?? (i'm a student)

i live in the DFW area. dallas fort worth area in texas.
i've already looked at the tarrant county health department website and the dallas county health department website with no luck. most information is about vaccinations for babies.

i need a specific location (either the name of the hospital) etc. the more specific the better (phone numbers, cost etc)

also out of curiosity when did the hepatitis B immunization become required by schools? in texas?? especially dallas and tarrant county??

This is the State of Texas website. It will help you find places that offer the vaccine. It's not just for kids, but also for adults/students.

Find the phone number in the site and call them.
How can I get proof that I took certain immunizations?
When I was a child and a teenager, I took a bunch of immunizations, but not sure which ones. Now I have to provide proof that I took the following immunizations for work purposes. Is there a blood test I can take that can show whether I did take the shots? Or will I have to take them all over again? Anyone know?
I cannot get access to my doctor's record because the office is closed until June. So I will need to see another doctor. Please help!

Measles vaccination (two live immunizations on or after the first birthday, at least 30 days apart, in 1967 or later)
Rubella vaccination (two immunizations on or after the first birthday, at least 30 days apart, in 1967 or later)
Mumps vaccination (two immunizations on or after the first birthday, at least 30 days apart, in 1967 or later)
Tetanus-diphtheria booster (one booster within the last 10 years) Hepatitis B immunization series (three doses: the first and second must be at least 30 days apart, the third at least two months after the second and four months after the first)
Meningococcal vaccine (one dose within the past five years)
  The health department should have all your records of the vaccines
I have pneumonia and I'm taking Levaquin and Tessalon Perles plus cough syrup------is all this needed?
The pneumonia is in the bronchial tubes, I have no coughing except when I ,myself do it to get my lungs cleared out. I have a Long list of allergys to meds so finding anything I can take is a job.
I'm thinking it's good right now I have a job where I set my hrs and work from home.
  You really need to REST! Just because you are home and taking meds does not mean you should keep doing so much. You may wind up in a hospital it you dont take care of yourself. Please rest!!! A friend who had pneumonia overdid it at home & she had to go for a long stay in the hospital. We SCs seem to forget these things.... take care...
CO the Old Dog
Can I drink alcohol 48 hours after swine flu nasal vaccination?
I just got the nasal swine flu vaccination today (thursday). I'm just wondering if it's okay for me to drink alcohol on saturday. Anyone know the facts about this?
  There is no problem with this. In fact, you could drink while you're taking the vaccine! Very safe!

Have fun!
Why is it important to get the swine flu vaccination?
Why is necessary to get the swine flu vaccination? other than it will stop you from getting the swine flu?
  The vaccine is not guaranteed to prevent you from getting the flu. There is also no guarantee that the vaccine won't harm you.

It is not necessary to get the vaccine. There is no other reason to get the vaccine, other than the hope that it might prevent the flu.
If you have a a flu vaccination does this lessen your chances of swine flu?
My question is does the regular flu vaccine vaccinate against the swine flu? I know you can still get the flu even if you have had a vaccination, but does it lessen the chances with the Swine flu as well?
  Flu vaccination will provide some level of protection, but its not enough Read the information and guide on the link below for detailed information on Swine flu and howto protect against swine flu, including information about the N95 mask

Information and protection against Swine Flu
Jon J
What effects could pneumonia and pulmonary congestion have on gas exchange?
Both pneumonia (infectious inflammation of the lungs) and pulmonary congestion (left heart failure) can lead to fluid accumulation in the lungs.
  Pneumonia and pulmonary congestion cause a fundamental change in the way gas is exchanged within the lungs. Gas is exchanged through structures called alveoli. They are microscopic sacs of epithelial tissue. When these sacs become filled with fluid (referred to as consildation) gas cannot pass from the alveoli into the blood. Thus, gas exchange is impeded and the patient typically must work harder to breathe.
Drug interaction question for Doctors only?
Can you take Ciprofloxacin HCL w/500mg of Taapo concurrently with 500mg of Keflex, Dyphylline GG ES, and Hydrocodone APAP Solution 750-500? I have bacterial pneumonia in both lungs and broncial tubes. I got Keflex a couple of months before this episode for pneumonia, and I was wondering if taking that would be too much medicine for me. I'm a 33 yr old male 5'8" 230lbs.
Joe F
  Yeah, the Yahoo! Answers doctors will get right on that.
Can Lung Cancer be detected in a chest x-ray when you have pneumonia?
I recently went in to the doctor because I had a persistent cough. It started at the beginning of summer, lasted for about 6 weeks and went away for about a month. Then my cough came back and I went to the doctor for it again. They took a chest x-ray as well as a CVC. They ultimately concluded that it was walking pneumonia and sent me off with Pulmicort Flexhaler. After a couple of days I wasn't getting better so I went back to the doctor and they gave me a z-pack, some cough medicine, and prednisone(sp?). Although my cough seems to be getting better I am still having small chest pains and it is igniting my fears of lung cancer. My question is, although I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia, would the doctor have been able to tell if a lung tumor was present in my x-ray or could there have been a mistake?
  Yes, lung cancer can be found in a chest x-ray.

cough, or persistant cough is one of the symptoms of lung cancer. Other symptoms include:

coughing up phelem or blood
pain when coughing
shortness of breath
My husband has had pneumonia for six weeks - what next?
My husband developed pneumonia B4 Christmas. He has had iv zithromax in the hospital (3 day stay after Christmas), oral viaxin, arythromiacin, augmentin, vantin and finally biaxin. He's had a mega shot of penicillin and two shots of steroids. He's also doing breathing treatments with albuterol, 4 x/day. About 2 1/2 weeks ago, they gave him the all clear on his chest xray. He felt exhausted, but ok for about 3 days. After two days of feeling poorly again, he went back to the Dr, and xrays showed he had pneumonia back, in both lungs. They put him on a 14-day course of biaxin (versus the 10 day course previously). NOTE: He has completed the FULL course of each med prescribed. NO doses have been skipped or shortened. He still feels really bad, with a lot of breathing difficulty. He is (*#$@!&*) sick of being sick! If you have any experience, or knowledge of this, what do you think will be their next course of action? I'm getting scared. Thanks in advance!
  I have COPD-(Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)- In past-(about 17 yrs. ago)- I had a pulmonary embolism. A blood clot in my lung(s) I was 34 at the time, never went to a DR. for anything, healthy as a horse so to speak. ANYWAY, I kept getting vague chest pains so I went to my family Dr. He did some HEART tests and said I was o.k. I kept feeling poorly so I went back about a week later. He said I had pneumonia and prescribed antibiotics. I finished them but still had the chest pains and difficulty breathing. ALL the symptoms of pneumonia, except the fever.(Which does not always occur-depends on what kind you have) SOOOO I went to the E.R. They couldn't find anything wrong with me either. I still felt poorly and after a few more days I wenrt back to the E.R. and told them the pains didn't go away and I still couldn't breath. I was getting worse little by little. I did the inhaler bit, more antibiotics, etc. My Dr. said to me (AND I QUOTE) "You're a young woman, there can't be anything seriously wrong with you." He went on to say I had NO history of illness, etc. etc. He tried to tell me I was depressed and the pains were anxiety or something like that. I still kept getting worse. I went back to the E.R. and they told me the same thing. I was depressed. See a shrink. (They had done x-rays each time and heart tests too) and still nothing showed. I almost tore the E.R. apart. I was slamming stuff, cussing and hollering at the Dr. there that I had better things to do than sit around all day and think up symptoms and illnesses for myself. I left-mad as a wet hen. A few more days went by and my left leg started hurting like I had a charlie horse in it. This continued for 2 more days and the pain in the leg got so bad i could hardly walk. I still had trouble breathing and the vague chest pains. I went BACK to the E.R. Told them all that had been happenning to me over the last month and they did a lung scan and found the clot. It did NOT show up on the x-rays any time. They admitted me for 2 weeks, put me on heparin I.V. to thin the blood and started me on coumadin to bust up the clot in my leg and lung.( The clot had broken off from the leg and traveled to my lung.) Which I still take daily. After I got home I was still very weak and tired and couldnt breath well for at least another month or more.
My Dr. NEVER said to me again-"You're a young woman, there can't be anything seriously wrong with you." If I had a fart stuck crossways he did a battery of tests and anything and everythig he could to find out what was wrong. (I had threatened to sue HIM and the E.R .for negligence) I did not sue them, but they awoke to the fact that just because tests dont show shit that they can't write it off as depressed. BE PERSISTENT. GET A SECOND OPINION. I almost died due to this. My hubby and daughter could have been rich had I not been a bullhead and a persistent woman. He would have sued for wrongful death. My daughter was 3 at the time. I enjoyed watching her grow to an adult by being a B*tch and not letting them tell me I was not sick.
An ederly patient who had pneumonia was precribed Rocephin 1g IV q12h by her physician. The medication, which?
utilized a new dispensing system. 1 g of rocephin was supplied as a powder attached to a 50 mL Iv bag of 5% dextrose in water. It was discoered that the Recephin powder was still in the vial and the vial stopper had never been opened. What could happen to the patient's pneumonia? Whar could result in the patient's condition from this change?
My husband is in ICU with pneumonia?
He was admitted Friday night with a WBC of 16.5. They started him on vancomycin and aztreonam {not sure if I spelled those right}. That makes almost 72 hours of antibiotics when they took another blood test this afternoon. Now his WBC is 32,000 and he is in excruciating pain on his right upper side. They have him on so many heavy pain meds he is completely out of it. This is his third bout of pneumonia since January and no one can figure out what is wrong with him. I don't know where else to turn, how worried should I be? He is almost 52 years old.
I should add that they do have him on other meds...pulmicort, steroids {solumedrol?} xopenex, dilauded, ativan, toradol, symbicort and I think maybe spiriva. He is also on a Bi-Pap.
  A high WBC is taken to be "bad" because it shows there is in infection in the body. But it is actually good, because it shows the body's natural defences are in good working order. The white blood cells multiply to attack the invading organism that is causing the infection.
They have probably taken samples from his lungs, to test which anti-biotics are the most effective against whatever he has.
Now he has had the same problem so often, I am sure when he is a bit better they will do a full investigation into what is causing it to recur. One possibility is that earlier treatments were not continued long enough, leaving a few resistant bacteria to mulitply again.
They are not going to start doing biospies and other tests until he is better, as the first priority is to get him healthy again. Then they can look for preventing the problem from recurring.
He could also have an underlying other lung problem, such as mild emphysema, which is making the lungs more susceptible to infections.
It is normal to be worried when your husband is so sick. But he's getting expert care in a good modern hospital, so he will get better. The doctors there know a lot more about what other things to look for, than we can guess at from looking up websites. Don't let anyone panic you based on this.
Been there before
What level of protection does FluMist offer against the H1N1 virus?
School district is offering free Flumist vaccination to students.
But! article encouraging Flumist states:
",...experts say that FluMist MAY also offer SOME protection from the H1N1 (swine) flu."
The use of words "may" & "some" in the article encouraging FluMist vaccination make's me doubt the effectiveness of FluMist against H1N1.
So my question:
What level of protection does FluMist offer against the H1N1 virus?
Harry Gams
  in a word.... NONE..

The WHO is advising that you not even take Tamiflu for this one unless the case is particularly severe. Remember a pandemic is only the recording of NUMBERS of cases, not severity.

The H1N1 virus is actually less harmful than most strains of flu out there now. The fact that the strain is so virulent is what has gotten the world press up in arms.

The H1N1 vaccine, when available, will be a 2-shot vaccination, and the EARLIEST the vaccine will be available is October...
Does this ound like the correct med/dose for pneumonia in my 5yr old??
She doesn't even seem sick
Had a cough and fever about 4-5 days ago.
fever is gone, still has a wet cough and wheezing
started complaining of mid back pain 2 days ago (still no fever)
NP we saw today said she heard pnemonia where my kid said it hurt
The RX she got was "Amoxicillin 250mg/5ml...give 15ml twice daily,
Thats 750mg twice a day for a 45lb kid!!
(did I mention she doesn't even seem sick)
The medicine bottle is the size of my Ketchup bottle it sits next to in the fridge!!!
Does this seem OK??

I'm thinking I don't even want her on it.
Even if it is pneumonia, it's more likely viral anyway due to the fact she has no fever right?
Did the NP just medicate because she was complaining of back pain?

OK all you pediatric professionals can I get some advice??
Any help appreciated........
  call your pharmacist? They can tell you the usual dose. If you are questioning it you can also call your M.D.
Christy S
I have a respiratory question regarding improvement after treatment for pneumonia.?
Monday last week, I started coughing and had slight shortness of breath.
Friday I started struggling to breath and couldn't lie down.
This Tuesday I was diagnosed with pneumonia and prescribed antibiotics and Terbutaline Sulfate.

Today I am still having trouble breathing and I have been taking the maximum dose of the bronchodilator 2 puffs 4x a day. I just had another breathing attack and had to take an extra 2 puffs and it has only improved my situation by 70%.

Should I wait longer to see if this treatment plan works or should I be concerned if 72hrs after treatment of antibiotics and bronchodilators have began not to have seen more improvement?

I hate my local ER, so if I don't need to go I will wait and talk to my GP. If you want my vitals ask but I don't want to be and get my kit right now.
  after any ER visit, you need to schedule a follow up appointment with your primary care doctor. if you are continuing to have difficulty breathing, return to the ER -call 911 if you have to. you should never have to work at breathing.
nancy jo
what disease can cause diffuse granular tissue in lungs?
in August, a 24-year-old man from Virginia developed difficulty breathing and bilateral lobe infiltrates 2 months after driving through California. During initial evaluation, typical pneumonia was suspected, and he was treated with antibiotics. Efforts to diagnosis the pneumonia were unsuccessful. In October, a laryngeal mass was detected, and laryngeal cancer was suspected; treatment with steroids and bronchodilators did not result in improvement. Lung biopsy and laryngoscopy detected diffuse granular tissue. He was treated with amphotericin B and discharged after 5 days. What was the disease? What might have been done differently to decrease the patient’s recovery time from 3 months to one week?
Tara boo
  First of all, it helps to know the patient's past history. However, school questions often leave this out.
Let's assume a healthy young man and that nothing else has changed except for the trip to California and his illness.

Typical pneumonia is often shown by a localized infiltrate, not bilaterals. Also, pneumonia patients, especially young one often LOOK sick to an experienced clinician.

The suspicion of laryngeal cancer is a stretch. While anything CAN happen, it would be quite rare in a healthy young patient. It usually shows after years (20+) of smoking.

The big clue is that it was cured by Ampho-B. A strong anti-fungal agent.

The best way to have decreased recovery time was not to have chased "Zebras" (unlikely diagnoses). A history of recent travel (even domestic) should've triggered further investigation.

The answer? Your turn to dig. Look for fungal infections found in California.
ihave been infected with staph while working in a research will i get cured?
it first started as erythematous rashes on arms and shoulders,hair follicullites which seems like a minor thing the gradually i developed back and joint pain and pneumonia.iwent to the doctor and he prescribed me gatifloxacin 400mg. for 5 days. it gave me relief from rashes and hair follicullites but joint pains persisted.after 10-12 days all the symptoms reappeared.again i took another course of the same antibiotic.the results were similar and again the infection appeared after 10 days.then i took the same antibiotic for 21 days ,this time there was no relief at all. then i tried homeopathy i cant find any improvement. further my family members are compaining of slight joint pain and3 of them had pneumonia ,1 had severe boils.what should i do?
  well i guess it depends on the staph infection. is it MRSA? because that form is not killed by antibiotics.
i have mrsa on my right wrist and it's not been really getting nay better. on saturday night/sunday morning i had to go to the hospital because i got really sick and i had all the symptoms of pneumonia. i read that if you get pneumonia while you have mrsa it could mean it's in your bloodstream. i was really scared but the people at the hospital only tested me for strepthroat which was negative. and now almost a week later i'm not feeling any better. my whole body hurts, i've been sleeping for almost the whole day everyday except for school. i always feel tired and weak and i almost passed out after gym class. my wrist is hurting a lot and i found a bruise, that kinda looks like the one my friend got after her mrsa went away, on the back of my leg. i have no idea how i got it and can't think of how it happened. i'm in so much pain and everytime i tell my parents they just tell me to stop complaining and being overdramatic. but im really scared that (writing more)
it's in my bloodstream and my parents don't seam to care. idk what to do anymore but i'm scared...please help me. what should i do?
the doctor told me i have mrsa
the doctor told me i have mrsa
  I just had abdominal surgery for MRSA. I was running a fever of 102.5,and felt like I had been in a car accident, hurting all over. My doctor sent me to the hospital and a surgeon did emergency surgery to drain the abcess. Now I have to go to the wound care center weekly to make sure it heals. I was on IV antibiotics (vancomyacin) daily for 8 days and now I'm on oral medication. This is very serious. I was in isolation and my doctor told me how lucky I was to be alive. You need to consult a surgeon or an infectious disease physician immediately and need to be prescribed antibiotics. MRSA is an antibiotic resistant form of staph and only a few meds will work. I became very anemic,exhausted,and dizzy and had to have transfusions to increase my hemaglobin. MRSA can spread to your vital organs and your bloodstream. Time is of the essence so your heart, liver,kidneys,etc dont become damaged. RUN to the nearest infectious disease specialist at your local hospital and get proper treatment. If you have any chronic illnesses, diabetes, asthma, etc you will have a longer recovery .
How long should I wait for significant improvement of sympton of pneumonia to get better with treatment?
Monday last week, I started coughing and had slight shortness of breath.
Friday I started struggling to breath and couldn't lie down.
This Tuesday I was diagnosed with pneumonia and prescribed antibiotics and Terbutaline Sulfate.

Today I am still having trouble breathing and I have been taking the maximum dose of the bronchodilator 2 puffs 4x a day. I just had another breathing attack and had to take an extra 2 puffs and it has only improved my situation by 70%.

Should I wait longer to see if this treatment plan works or should I be concerned if 72hrs after treatment of antibiotics and bronchodilators have began not to have seen more improvement?

I hate my local ER, so if I don't need to go I will wait and talk to my GP. My GP prescribed my treatment and isn't available until Monday.
  I have had bilateral pneumonia, and I can attest that if you haven't seen an improvement in 72 hours then you need to call the doctor or go to ER/urgent care. My first antibiotic had no effect, and I darned near died. Please seek advice ASAP.
13th Floor
why is lanoxin being prescribed to patients with pneumonia? what is the mechanism of action of the said drug?
  Lanoxin will only remove fluid from the lung if there is a heart failure component. It improves the capacity of the heart to pump more effectively. It is not used to treat pneumonia-you need antibiotics to treat a bacterial infection such as pneumonia.
cheers caz
Side effects fo the flu and pneumonia vaccinations?
Could a very bad headache be a side effects to these vaccnations? What are some other side effects of the two shots?

i had gotten a headache about an hour after i had gotten the shots, and i was just wondering it that was a side effect or if it was from something else. thank you for the info.
  Depends on what you read. Most drug companies claim there are no side effects other than inflammation at the injection site. Course, if you are allergic to eggs there would be profound side effects to the flu shot as that is the medium in which the virus' are grown. Pneumonia shot is to be administered every 10 yrs for compromised individuals so there really aren't any side effects other than at the injection site. I personally have mixed feelings about the annual flu shots.
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