One of the best ways to prevent seasonal influenza is through yearly immunization because the influenza virus changes each year.

As part of Alberta's influenza immunization program, Albertans 6 months of age and older are able to receive influenza vaccine, free of charge, at public health clinics, pharmacies and doctor’s offices.

  • About immunization
  • Where to get immunized
  • Contact your local pharmacist or physician for details on vaccine availability

Alberta Health is offering Albertans one type of influenza vaccine free of charge. This vaccine, called Fluzone, is offered as an injection, contains 4 strains of influenza virus and is a safe and effective vaccine for all ages.

Having multiple types of vaccines increases the complexity of our immunization program. Offering one type of vaccine to Albertans at mass public clinics, pharmacies and doctor’s offices means we can offer a more efficient program where vaccine is available for everyone across the province when clinics open.

Alberta Health will not offer FluMist (the nasal spray) this season. In previous years, FluMist had been available for children between the ages of 2 and 17.

  • In 2016, Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization removed its preferential recommendation for FluMist for children 2–17 years of age. The committee concluded that FluMist and injectable vaccines are equally safe and effective for children.

FLUAD is an influenza vaccine designed to boost the immune response in seniors. This year, FLUAD will not be available at public health clinics. Seniors living in long term care or supportive living will continue to be offered FLUAD free of charge.

  • This aligns with recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. The committee recommends either FLUAD or a regular four-strain vaccine for seniors.
  • Some pharmacists may choose to offer FLUAD to Albertans age 65 and older at a cost. Seniors who wish to be immunized with FLUAD can contact their pharmacies for more information.

  • In 2016/17, Canadian estimates on vaccine effectiveness show vaccine was 42% effective against the dominant strain, H3N2.
    • This is slightly lower than in 2015/16 when the vaccine was 50% effective and the dominant strain of influenza was H1N1. Vaccine effectiveness is often lower against H3N2 strains of influenza, so this could explain why the vaccine was less effective.
    • Even with an effectiveness rating of 42%, immunization is the best way for Albertans to protect themselves and others against influenza.

Vaccine effectiveness varies from year to year but immunization is still the best protection. We do not know how effective this year’s vaccine will be, but we do know that not being immunized offers no protection.

  • Alberta has purchased 1.6 million doses of influenza vaccine for the 2017/18 season. This is enough to immunize 35% of the population.
    • Total cost: $12.1 million.
  • In 2016/17, Alberta Health purchased 1.6 million doses of influenza vaccine.
    • Total cost: $12.7 million
    • 27% of Albertans (roughly 1.1 million people) received the influenza vaccine
    • 64 people died and had lab-confirmed influenza
    • 1,653 Albertans were admitted to hospital with lab-confirmed influenza.
  • Alberta has offered universal influenza immunization free of charge to residents since 2009.
  • The program before 2009 targeted those most at risk of disease and complications.
  • 2016/17 – 27.0% (more influenza data is available on the Alberta Health Services influenza website )
  • 2015/16 – 27.0%
  • 2014/15 – 30.0%
  • 2013/14 – 27.6%
  • 2012/13 – 23.0%
  • 2011/12 – 22.5%
  • 2010/11 – 22.0%

Every year we hope to see more Albertans get immunized, and we encourage all Albertans age 6 months and older to be immunized when vaccine is available.

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Qui ne devrait pas se faire vacciner contre la grippe?

Les vaccins antigrippaux donnés par injection ne devraient pas être administré aux:

  • Personnes qui ont eu une réaction allergique après une dose précédente de vaccin antigrippal
  • Personnes qui ont présenté un syndrome de Guillain-Barré dans les 6 semaines suivant une dose de vaccin antigrippal

Le vaccin antigrippal vivant atténué (VVAI), donné par voie nasale, ne devrait pas être administré aux:

  • Enfants de moins de 24 mois
  • Personnes souffrant d’asthme grave
  • Femmes enceintes
  • Personnes qui ont un système immunitaire affaibli

IMPORTANT: Les personnes présentant des allergies aux œufs peuvent maintenant recevoir les doses complètes de vaccins antigrippaux donnés pas injection (trivalents et quadrivalent (VTI et VQI)) sans test cutané préalable. Seul le vaccin antigrippal vivant atténué (VVAI), administré par voie nasale, est contre-indiqué pour ces personnes, car il n’a pas été étudié dans ce groupe.

Si vous avez de la fièvre ou si vous êtes gravement malade au moment de vous faire vacciner, demandez à un médecin s’il faut ou non attendre pour la vaccination.

Aujourd’hui, les vaccins sont sans danger et entrainent peu d’effets secondaires. Une personne sur deux peut éprouver une légère douleur au point d’injection tandis qu’un plus petit nombre, surtout des enfants, peuvent faire un peu de fièvre dans les 24 heures suivant la vaccination. Le vaccin peut, à l’occasion, causer des frissons, des maux de tête ou de légères nausées.

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Das früher oft bei Grippe zur Behandlung eingesetzte Virostatikum namens Amantadin gehört nicht zu den Neuraminidasehemmern, sondern zu den zyklischen Aminen und ist nur gegen Influenza-A-Virusinfektionen wirksam. Amantadin kann die Dauer von Fieber um einen Tag verkürzen. Als Grippemittel wenden Ärzte Amantadin allerdings heute praktisch nicht mehr an, denn:

  • Zum einen verursacht Amantadin nicht unerhebliche Nebenwirkungen (z.B. Durchfall, Depression, epileptische Anfälle ),
  • zum anderen entwickeln die Grippeviren schnell eine Widerstandsfähigkeit (Resistenz) dagegen.

Antibiotika wirken nur gegen Bakterien. Bei der virusbedingten Grippe ist eine Behandlung mit Antibiotika also wirkungslos. Wenn jedoch neben der Influenza zusätzlich eine Infektion mit Bakterien (sog. Zweitinfektion oder Superinfektion) entsteht, ist es notwendig, diese mit Antibiotika zu behandeln.

Die bei Erwachsenen gegen Grippe eingesetzte Behandlung unterscheidet sich in einem wichtigen Punkt von der Behandlung bei Kindern: Kinder mit Virus-Infekten wie einer Influenza dürfen keinesfalls Salicylate (wie ASS o.Ä.) erhalten, da sie hierdurch ein Reye-Syndrom entwickeln können.

Das Reye-Syndrom ist eine lebensbedrohliche Erkrankung, in deren Verlauf es zu Hirn- und Leberschäden kommt. Während man die Erkrankung im Frühstadium noch heilen kann, führt sie voll entwickelt in etwa 70 Prozent der Fälle zum Tod. Wenn Ihr Kind dauerhaft Salicylate einnimmt, ist es deshalb wichtig, dass Sie es regelmäßig gegen Grippe impfen lassen.

Bei einer Grippe (Influenza) kann der Verlauf sehr unterschiedlich sein: Es sind milde und unkomplizierte, aber auch schwerwiegende Fälle von Virusgrippe mit tödlichen Ausgang möglich.

Bei einer Grippe mit typischem Verlauf treten die ersten Beschwerden ein bis fünf Tage nach der Infektion mit dem Grippevirus auf. Erstes Anzeichen für die Virusgrippe ist oft ein plötzliches und hohes Fieber. Überwiegend sind die Betroffenen nach etwa sechs Tagen wieder fieberfrei. Jedoch können andere Symptome der Influenza – und zwar Husten, Schnupfen (Rhinitis) sowie ein allgemeines Schwächegefühl – noch ein bis zwei Wochen länger dauern.

Die bei Influenza entstehende Schleimhautschädigung kann Infektionen mit Bakterien nach sich ziehen, die unter Umständen zu Komplikationen führen. Um diese zu vermeiden, ist es wichtig, die Bakterieninfektion rechtzeitig zu behandeln. Wenn das gelingt, ist die Grippe nach einer Dauer von etwa ein bis zwei Wochen ausgestanden.

Größtenteils entwickeln sich bei einer Grippe im weiteren Verlauf dann Komplikationen, wenn zusätzlich bakterielle Infektionen hinzukommen. Verantwortlich für diese bei Influenza relativ häufigen Zweitinfektionen sind vor allem folgende Bakterien:

Nachfolgend kann es durch die Bakterien-Infektion zu einer Lungenentzündung, einer Mittelohrentzündung (Otitis media) oder einer Entzündung des Herzmuskels kommen. Dies kann weitere Komplikationen mit sich bringen. So kann beispielsweise eine gleichzeitig mit der Grippe auftretende Lungenentzündung dazu führen, dass Lungenabszesse entstehen, die wiederum schwere Erkrankungen des Herz-Kreislauf-Systems auslösen können. Möglich sind zum Beispiel:

Wie sich bakterielle Zweitinfektionen bei einer Grippe auswirken, hängt in starkem Maße vom Gesundheitszustand der Betroffenen ab. Ein besonders hohes Risiko für eine schwer verlaufende Influenza mit Komplikationen haben:

  • Kleinkinder
  • ältere Menschen
  • Frauen während der Schwangerschaft
  • Menschen mit geschwächter Immunabwehr
  • Menschen mit chronischen Atemwegserkrankungen

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Not surprisingly, given that cardiovascular disease itself indicates a likely vitamin D deficit, research indicates that those that suffer from chronic kidney disease are also D deficient in a big way.

If you suffer from one infection after another, it is wise to get those vitamin D levels checked pronto. As described above, T cells which are an important part of the immune system, are properly activated by vitamin D. If D levels are low or even undetectable, adequate and effective immune response to any infection in the body will be severely hampered.

Do you suffer from one or more of these 10 symptoms of low vitamin D? Did you know that these signs are usually blamed on something else? Did you suspect a vitamin D deficiency might be the true reason? Have you ordered a blood spot test kit or started taking fermented cod liver oil? What did you find out from testing and what have your results been?

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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Vitamin D Deficiency is Why You Get the Flu

It can be hard to tell if you or a loved one has Parkinson's disease (PD).

Below are 10 signs that you might have the disease. No single one of these signs means that you should worry, but if you have more than one sign you should consider making an appointment to talk to your doctor.

Tremor

Have you noticed a slight shaking or tremor in your finger, thumb, hand or chin? A tremor while at rest is a common early sign of Parkinson's disease.

What is normal?
Shaking can be normal after lots of exercise, if you are stressed or if you have been injured. Shaking could also be caused by a medicine you take.

Small Handwriting

Has your handwriting gotten much smaller than it was in the past? You may notice the way you write words on a page has changed, such as letter sizes are smaller and the words are crowded together. A change in handwriting may be a sign of Parkinson's disease called micrographia.

What is normal?
Sometimes writing can change as you get older, if you have stiff hands or fingers or poor vision.

Loss of Smell

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In May 2015, the public health authorities of Brazil confirmed ZIKV infection in the north-eastern part of the country. Healthcare authorities confirmed that a previously unknown disease affecting around 500 patients with flu-like symptoms followed by rash and arthralgia was indeed an ongoing outbreak of Zika fever.

On 16 October 2015, the first cases of ZIKV infections were reported in Colombia, with nine confirmed cases in the Bolivar department. From 16 October to 21 November, Colombian authorities reported 578 confirmed cases and 2 635 suspected cases..

On 12 November 2015, the Suriname authorities reported five cases of ZIKV through IHR.

On 24 November 2015, the health authorities of French Polynesia reported an unusual increase of at least 17 cases of central nervous system malformations in foetuses and infants during 2014-2015.

On 26 November 2015, Mexico authorities acknowledged three ZIKV cases, including two autochthonous cases reported from Nuevo Leon and Chiapas. The imported cases had recently travelled to Colombia.

On 27 November 2015, the Paraguay IHR National Focal Point (NFP) reported the confirmation of six ZIKV cases in the city of Pedro Caballero - close to the border with Brazil.

On 1 December 2015, media, quoting authorities, reported 17 suspected cases of ZIKV infection in Guatemala, 14 of which were among hospital employees. Blood samples have been collected and sent to the US for analysis.

On 3 December 2015, the Ministry of Health of Panama reported three autochthonous cases of Zika virus infection. All three cases are residents of the district of Ailigandi, Guna Yala (north-east).

26th December, The Island of Martinique becomes the latest country in the region to confirm reports of the autochthonous or local transmission of the mosquito borne Zika virus. The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), says the French speaking Caribbean nation is the 11th country in the Americas to report the virus this year and the 12th to report local transmission.

The Puerto Rico Department of Health reported today the first locally acquired case of Zika virus infection in Puerto Rico. Zika was confirmed in a resident of Puerto Rico with no known travel history.

Barbados, Haiti and Guyana have all confirmed cases of Zika Virus in their respective countries. On Thursday 14th January 2016 Haiti and Guyana confirmed cases of Zika Virus and on Friday 15th January, Barbados also confirmed 3 cases of Zikv.

The Center for disease control issues advisory to pregnant women and those trying to conceive to postpone travel to countries that are experiencing Zika virus outbreaks in South America and The Caribbean. The countries mentioned are: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

The World Health Organisation director Margaret Chan has declared that the Zika virus constitute a public health emergency of international concern.

The first case of Zika Virus transmission was reported in Texas, USA this week. It is likely that the virus was contracted through sexual contact, said local health officials.

Health officials in Colombia have announced the deaths of three people who had been infected with the Zika Virus and subsequently developed Guillain-Barre syndrome. Alejandro Gaviria, the Colombian health minister, stated that there was a "causal connection" between Zika, the Guillain-Barre disorder and the three deaths. Six further deaths are under investigation for a possible link to Zika Virus.

Physicians in Crop Sprayed Towns (PCST), a group of physicians in Brazil, have claimed that the Zika Virus is not responsible for the dramatic rise in cases of Microcephaly. The tenfold increase of newborn babies with Microcephaly in Brazil, has alarmed Health officials around the world. Although the Zika Virus has never been officially linked with Microcephaly, there was strong suggestion from the World Health organisation and the CDC that the virus was the culprit.

The U.S Centers for Disease Control have advised pregnant women or women trying to conceive to avoid areas with Zika Virus outbreaks. They have also advised pregnant women to reconsider going to the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil if they had planned to do so. Both women and their partners should be very cautious concerning the Zika Virus after it was discovered that the virus may be also be passed through sexual contact as well as the traditional route via the aedes aegypti mosquito.

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He was reassured that these symptoms were due to his body trying to renormalize itself and eliminate the old toxins from the heart drug. Sure enough, after a few days his heartbeat became steady and regular as the drug toxins were finally eliminated.

Every drug used, whether legal or illegal, leaves its mark upon the body. As the body regains health, the drug deposits are put into circulation for elimination. Since a combination of past drug deposits may enter the Bloodstream at once disconcerting symptoms may arise. Drug detoxification can be a lengthy process, but it will be aided by fasting and a diet high in fresh fruits.

Be forewarned: Old drugs that were taken even many years ago may reappear in the bloodstream as they leave fatty tissues and the organs. Drug toxin elimination may express itself in a series of rashes as they leave the body through the skin.

Heavy smokers or coffee drinkers may experience similar symptoms when they withdraw from their drug. Nervous irritability and emotional outbreaks are common symptoms of these drug addicts when they are detoxifying.

Nicotine and caffeine damage the nervous system and upset the vascular system, so symptoms such as headaches, edginess, and extreme lassitude may be expected. Such symptoms from these drugs usually lessen after three to ten days.

Once salt use is stopped and the health improves, old salt deposits in the body exit through the skin and kidneys. Sometimes the elimination is so intense that a person may have a continual salty taste in the mouth for days. The skin may become crusted with salt or it may smell of the particular condiment that is being eliminated (such as onions, peppers, or vinegar).

In Mexico, corpses have been found in the desert that were untouched by buzzards and hyenas. The reason? The people had eaten such large quantities of hot peppers all their lives that their skins were actually too spicy for the scavengers to eat. Condiments can never be used by the body, and so they must either be stored or eliminated when the health is improved.

Salt elimination may also cause a temporary rise in blood pressure. People who go on salt-free diets may actually experience a slight increase in their blood pressure as the heavy elimination of salt begins. Later the blood pressure renormalizes itself and eventually becomes below the norm on a salt-free diet.

Eliminating sugar from the diet may make a person feel slightly nervous and hyperactive until the energy levels adjust to a sugar-free diet.

Mood changes, however, are usually more noticeable than any physical symptoms when sugar is eliminated. Reformed sugar addicts may feel periods of unaccountable depression as their blood sugar level tries to right itself. Getting off the sugar roller coaster, with its rapid rises and falls in blood sugar levels, is easier when a diet high in raw foods is followed. Such a diet renormalizes blood sugar levels and promotes tranquility of emotions.

Almost every person is poisoned by deposits of heavy metals in the body. Lead, aluminum, copper and arsenic collect in organs throughout the body. Because of their heavy weight, they are difficult to eliminate, and may cause discomfort as they leave the body.

Lead enters the body through auto exhaust, paints and canned foods. Aluminum may come from preparing or storing food in aluminum containers. Arsenic is present on sprayed foods, and so on.

Since these metals are heavy, they, tend to remain in the body until a cleansing diet or fast is followed. As these metals come out, headaches and a general achiness all through the body may occur. The gums may hurt and the kidneys may throb as these metals leave the organs and bones.

Occasionally, you can actually taste the metal that is being eliminated. Lead, especially often leaves a metallic taste on the tongue when it is leaving the body.

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We started me on natural supplements (pig hormone). Much better when I do this combined with a candida free diet. But it's hard work! Not for the undisciplined.

2) Low progesterone symptoms fit me also. Hot flashes and dry skin, not that much, but depression, certainly. I've never mentioned this issue to my doctor. I think it's time to do something. At least my depression decreases during the last three days.

1) Wow - those low progesterone symptoms fit me to a T. I've mentioned my concerns to my doctor in the past, but he's never suggested a hormonal issue. We did do an ultrasound for PCOD, which turned up negative. I wonder why he wouldn't think of this first.

5 heart attack symptoms in women that should be talked about more

Health and wellness information including aging, stress, women's health, nutrition, sleep, and more at SheKnows.com.

The warning signs of a heart attack most women are missing

We can blame it on everything we've seen on TV, but as women, most of us make the mistake of assuming that heart attacks only happen to men. But you might be shocked to learn that heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S.

According to the CDC, heart disease fatalities affect men and women equally. And even worse, almost two-thirds of the women who die suddenly from heart disease don't experience any previous symptoms. This "silent killer" is responsible for roughly one in four female deaths.

According to Dr. William Daniel, leading cardiologist and chief medical officer of software provider Emerge Clinical Solutions, heart disease is even more dangerous to women because symptoms of a heart attack are often different for women than men. Worse, most women don’t know the symptoms or attribute warning signs to stress or general fatigue. Knowing the signs of an attack, says Dr. Daniel, is the first major step toward preventing heart attacks from being America’s No. 1 killer in women.

Chest pain may seem like an obvious symptom of heart attack, but in reality symptoms are much more subtle and easy to ignore. We’ve all seen Hollywood heart attacks involving dramatic chest-clutching and sudden collapse, but for women, symptoms can be anything from discomfort that feels like bad indigestion to pain in the arm to breathlessness. Before you learn about the symptoms, it’s important to erase assumptions that a heart attack is always a chest-pounding, keeling-over movie melodrama.

Everyone feels a little tired now and then. But even though we learn to write off fatigue as a sign of not sleeping enough, fighting a cold, overexertion or a reaction to a new medicine, feeling drowsy nonstop could mean something bigger. Unusual or extreme fatigue shouldn’t be ignored, says Dr. Daniel. It may be an early warning sign of heart disease or an impending heart attack. One recent study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that more than 70 percent of women surveyed experienced marked fatigue in the days or weeks prior to their heart attacks.

Everyone experiences problems sleeping now and then because of stress, but chronic trouble sleeping might be caused by more than everyday exertion. If you’ve noticed unusual or prolonged disturbances in your regular sleep patterns, it’s smart to visit your doctor. The NIH study showed almost half of women who recently had a heart attack had sleep disturbances or unexplained insomnia in the days or weeks before the attack.

Some women may take on a gray pallor before or while having a heart attack. If your complexion is suddenly dull, call a doctor before you dial the esthetician. Cold and clammy skin or appearing severely ill can be another sign.

We’ve all been through the flu, but many women write off heart attacks as just that. Women may experience shortness of breath for no obvious reason, unusual upper-back pressure, dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting or fainting.

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    Vaccination is perhaps the best guard against influenza infection. Prophylaxis is the most commonly administered vaccination for influenza. However the kind of vaccination administered depends on the epidemiological context.
    The effectiveness of Influenza vaccination lasts for around a year, after which fresh vaccination is required. The body develops immunity after round two weeks of vaccination. In addition, the vaccination is effective only against certain strains of influenza and may fail as new strains originate.

    No information obtained on this site should be relied on as the basis for treating or diagnosing conditions, symptoms, or illness. All queries should be directed to your health professional.

    Always see your practitioner concerning your treatment options if you are pregnant or if suffering an illness or injury resulting from an accident. Read: complete disclaimer.

    Since July 2011, 345 people in the U.S. have reported infection with the H3N3v virus, and most human cases have been mild. Twenty of the cases were hospitalized, with only 1 reported death. For the most current information from CDC about the influenza A H3N2v virus and how best to prevent it, click here. OSHA will continue to work with the CDC and update recommendations based on the situation.

    See also, OSHA Fact Sheet: Influenza in Workers and Pigs: Guidance for Commercial Swine Farmers and Pork Producers (October 2010), for protecting workers who may be exposed to known or suspected influenza infections in pigs.

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    Doctors, Army officers, and reporters wear surgical gowns and masks while making a tour of a hospital to observe influenza treatment of patients in 1918. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

    A flu virus that killed tens of millions worldwide after it appeared in 1918 has been recreated in the virological equivalent of the Jurassic Park story. Scientists rebuilt it from pieces of genetic material retrieved from the lungs of people who died 87 years ago. Researchers writing in the journals Science and Nature say the tightly guarded replica is even more virulent than they expected.

    Yet public health officials aren't worried that the 1918 flu will again terrorize the population. It's no longer a new virus, and most people in the world have some immunity to the H1N1 virus family.

    What if the virus that caused the 1918 flu, or one similar to it, re-appeared today?

    The Bad News: The 1918 virus was a million times more potent than the average modern flu virus.

    The Good news: Most people living today would have some immunity to viruses in the 1918 virus' family, called H1N1.

    More Good News: The current bird flu virus, which the global public health community is watching, is mostly transmitted from bird to bird. It has infected about 120 humans, but rarely has it spread from human to human, making it not very infectious.

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    Mood swings can be quite severe early in a pregnancy, and may include feelings of euphoria followed by depression or sadness; again, many of these mood swings are similar to emotional changes that women experience during PMS. Pregnancy symptoms such as frequent urination, morning sickness and nausea, and odd food cravings generally begin around 2-3 weeks into the pregnancy; sometimes these symptoms do not occur until 4-6 weeks into the pregnancy.

    Some women do not experience a missed period during the first few weeks of pregnancy; a period that occurs during the first weeks of pregnancy may be either normal or abnormal. Abnormal periods that occur during the first few weeks of a pregnancy can include a lighter than normal period, spotting, or a very short period. Of course, any bleeding that occurs when you may be pregnant needs to be checked by a doctor immediately.

    If you are experiencing some of these symptoms, and there is a possibility that you can be pregnant, than you should take a pregnancy test as soon as possible. Over the counter urine tests and blood tests performed by a physician detect levels of human chorionic gonadotropin, (HCG), in your blood; this hormone is released by the developing placenta and begins to appear in the blood as little as 5 days after conception.

    Over the counter urine tests are up to 97% accurate; these tests are usually not able to detect HCG in your urine until one week after your missed period. Blood tests are up to 99% accurate, and these tests can detect HGC in your blood as soon as 7 days after your ovulation.

    It is important for you to confirm your pregnancy as early as possible so that you can begin your prenatal care. Early prenatal care is important to the health of your new baby and you during this time. Once you begin to notice any early pregnancy symptoms, and you believe that you may be pregnant, take a test as soon as you can. If you take an over the counter test and it is positive, have the test confirmed by your physician. Remember to stay relaxed during this time, and try to keep your stress levels down.

    Asbestos symptoms are indicators of the serious adverse health problems that are caused by dangerous levels of asbestos exposure. The Occupational Health & Safety Administration estimates that 1.3 million people are exposed to the dangerous of asbestos exposure every year in the work place and should be aware of symptoms of asbestos exposure that may indicate serious underlying health problems. People who work, or have worked, in the shipyard, factory, railroad, construction, automobile, and building industries in the last 60 years may be susceptible to developing asbestos symptoms.

    Most deadly diseases that are caused by asbestos exposure lie dormant for years, so it is possible to suffer from the ill effects of asbestos disease without any noticeable asbestos symptoms. Because of disease latency, asbestos symptoms might appear years - even decades - after initial asbestos exposure. Medical experts assign a latency period to malignant mesothelioma of thirty to fifty years. That’s one of the reasons the disease is so difficult to diagnose; the job where the exposure occurred in most instances ended decades prior to the health problems beginning.

    The clinical manifestations for asbestos generally appear between twenty and forty years after the asbestos exposure has occurred, or begun. The fibrotic process that impacts the lung tissue in this disease maybe accelerated and is certainly exacerbated by smoking. Asbestosis, characterized by severe breathing restriction, develops in nearly half of all workers who have reached “occupational levels” of asbestos exposure.

    The type of asbestos symptoms an individual experiences generally depends on the asbestos-related disease that has been developed. There are various types of asbestos-related conditions; the two most commonly associated with asbestos exposure are asbestosis and mesothelioma. However chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and is a condition that asbestos exposure has contributed to in thousands of cases.

    Asbestosis symptoms commonly include these conditions:

    • Shortness of breath
    • Chronic cough
    • Chest pain
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Difficulty with physical exertion

    Malignant mesothelioma generally develops in people over the age of sixty five and usually occurs in the chest cavity, arising in the pleura in sixty five to seventy percent of all cases. The other predominant location for mesothelioma cancer cases is the peritoneal lining of the organs in the abdominal cavity. It may also affect the pericardial lining of the heart, in rare cases.

    • Shortness of breath
    • Chest pain
    • Tightness in the chest
    • Persistent cough
    • Weight Loss
    • Fatigue

    Pleural effusion is also a common development with mesothelioma. This condition is caused by accumulation of excess fluid in the space between the lungs and the chest wall or diaphragm. It can be the cause of chest pain and reduced breathing capacity.

    Peritoneal mesothelioma is characterized by abdominal swelling and pain. This symptom can also be the result of fluid accumulation – in this case, within the abdominal cavity. Thickening of the peritoneal tissue can lead to additional symptoms:

    • Swelling
    • Weight loss
    • Nausea
    • Obstructed bowels
    • Anemia
    • Fever and/or night sweats

    If you or someone you love is experiencing any symptoms of asbestos exposure, you should visit your doctor right away.

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    • high fever (39°C and above)
    • cough
    • muscle aches

    Other common symptoms include:

    • headache
    • chills
    • loss of appetite
    • fatigue (tiredness)
    • sore throat
    • runny or stuffy nose

    Some people, especially children, may also experience:

    • a stomach ache
    • diarrhea
    • nausea and vomiting

    It takes 1 to 4 days for flu symptoms to appear after exposure to the virus.

    Most people recover from the flu in 7 to 10 days. Others may develop serious complications, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), and may need hospital care.

    A cold infects just your nose and throat, while the flu also affects your lungs.

    Cold symptoms are unpleasant but are usually milder than the flu. They include:

    Read more about how to tell if you have a cold or the flu.