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Answered questions from the past 2 years:
Last year I got the flu shot on a Monday and came down with the flu on Saturday. I’ve never been more sick in my life. Should I be afraid to get the flu shot again?
Can I get shingles from another person?
Is it safe for a one-month-old baby to be treated with antibiotics?
What side effects might I have from the flu shot, and how long will they last?
I had a booster shot for pneumonia in 2007. Should I have another shot?
I am getting the shingles vaccine tomorrow. How many days should I stay away from my grandkids?
I found a roach in the Chinese take-out food I was eating. Could I get sick?
My two-year-old daughter has had catarrh for months and finds it hard to breathe. What should I do?
I get sinus infections all the time. What can I do to get rid of them for good?
How often should I get a pneumonia vaccination?
How would you get scarring in your kidney?
My tongue is red and tingly. What could this mean?
Is there truth to the idea that after a person has been on antibiotics for 3 days, they are no longer contagious? Or is that an old myth?
Are there times when an otherwise healthy person should not get a flu shot? I have shingles. Is it okay for me to get a flu shot now?
Can you get scarlet fever more than once?
What is common variable immune deficiency? What type of specialist has the most expertise with this condition?
What is inflammation of the rib cage lining called? Is it a serious condition?
Is mononucleosis contagious? My 19-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with mono. Should she stay away from her 86-year-old grandparents when they visit?
When you’ve have a cold or the flu, how do you know when it's safe to continue a routine exercise program?
How soon after an injury should you have a tetanus shot?
Besides a bite, is there any other way for a human to contract rabies?
I just had my first bladder infection. I don’t know why. Is it possible to contract a bladder infection from drinking unsanitary water?
I have been treated for genital warts around my cervix. What is the type of condom to use to protect my partner, a female condom or a regular condom?
I recently visited a friend in the hospital. He had internal bleeding. He was put in a private room called “isolation.” I asked the nurse if he had an infection. She said no, he is “colonized with MRSA.” What does that mean?
For how long is someone with a common cold contagious?
How does a cold virus spread from person to person?
What does it mean if a person has encephalitis? What are the symptoms?
I have genital herpes. I rarely have an outbreak -- maybe once a year or less, but of course I have no idea when an outbreak will happen. Should I be on Valtrex to prevent transmission of the disease?
I got back from a vacation in Jamaica, and it looks like I have bites from sand fleas. They have puss pockets in the middle of a red, itchy area. And I’m itching terribly. Do they go away — and if so — how long? And how do I treat them and make sure...
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