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Flu shot (vaccine)

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Flu prevention in healthy Adults

Curefacts.com - Evidence icon EVIDENCE | WELL TESTED - 69 studies with 70,000 adults
Curefacts.com - Circle icon EFFECTIVENESS | MILD BENEFITS for prevention of symptoms
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Flu shot vaccine with “dead” inactivated viruses. 69 studies conducted, with 70,000 adults. Prevents 1 flu case in 71 vaccinated adults, and 1 influenza-like-illness in 40 vaccinated adults. Does not prevent flu complications. Irritating side effects. Unclear safety.

Flu Nasal Aerosol (vaccine)

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Flu prevention in healthy Adults

Curefacts.com - Evidence icon EVIDENCE | WELL TESTED - 69 studies with 70,000 adults
Curefacts.com - Circle icon EFFECTIVENESS | MILD BENEFITS for prevention of symptoms
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Flu nose spray vaccine with “live” (weakened) viruses. 69 studies conducted, with 70,000 adults. Prevents 1 flu case in 39 vaccinated adults, and 1 influenza-like-illness in 46 vaccinated adults. Does not prevent flu complications. Strong side effects, and riskier than vaccines with “dead” inactivated viruses.

Amantadine and Rimantadine (RX)

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Flu prevention in healthy Adults

Curefacts.com - Evidence icon EVIDENCE | WELL TESTED - 21 studies with 25,783 adults
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Prevention of influenza A with Amantadine and Rimantadine. This treatment has been replaced by neuraminidase inhibitors and is no longer used in the USA. 21 studies conducted, with 25,783 adults. Prevents 25% of influenza-like-illness in and over 60% of confirmed flu type A infections during influenza A epidemic outbreaks. Unknown impact in flu complications. Both drugs have irritating stomach and gut effects, while Amantadine may also impair the nervous system and lead to psychiatric symptoms.

Flu shot (vaccine)

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Flu prevention in pregnant Adults

Curefacts.com - Evidence icon EVIDENCE | NEEDS MORE TESTING - 1 study with 2,116 adults
Curefacts.com - Circle icon EFFECTIVENESS | INEFFECTIVE
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Flu shot vaccine with “dead” inactivated viruses. 1 study conducted, with 2,116 pregnant women. Does not seem to prevent flu symptoms and does not prevent flu complications (for mothers and for their babies). Irritating side effects. Unclear safety.

Flu shot (vaccine)

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Flu prevention in Adults with Cystic Fibrosis

Curefacts.com - Evidence icon EVIDENCE | POORLY TESTED - 2 studies with 36 adults
Curefacts.com - Circle icon EFFECTIVENESS | UNCLEAR
Curefacts.com - Circle icon SAFETY | UNCLEAR SAFETY
Flu shot vaccine with “dead” inactivated viruses. 2 studies conducted, with 36 adults. Unclear benefits. Irritating side effects and unclear safety.

Flu Nasal Aerosol (vaccine)

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Flu prevention in Adults with Cystic Fibrosis

Curefacts.com - Evidence icon EVIDENCE | POORLY TESTED - 2 studies with 36 adults
Curefacts.com - Circle icon EFFECTIVENESS | UNCLEAR
Curefacts.com - Circle icon SAFETY | UNCLEAR SAFETY
Flu nose spray vaccine with “live” (weakened) viruses. 2 studies conducted, with 36 adults. Unclear benefits. Irritating side effects and unclear safety. Riskier than flu vaccines with “dead” inactivated viruses.

Additional Information

Flu

Influenza, commonly known as “the flu”, is an infectious disease caused by an influenza virus. Symptoms can be mild to severe. The most common symptoms include: a high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pains, headache, coughing, and feeling tired. These symptoms typically begin two days after exposure to the virus and most last less than a week. The cough, however, may last for more than two weeks. (source)

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