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Glut1 deficiency syndrome (Glut1 Deficiency Foundation)
Gorlin syndrome (Gorlin Syndrome Alliance)
Recurrent pericarditis (NORD)
Autoimmune polyglandular syndrome type 1 (NORD)
Opsoclonus myoclonus syndrome (NORD)
Thyroid eye disease (NORD)
Bile synthesis disorders (NORD)
Cyclic vomiting syndrome (NORD)
Eosinophilic esophagitis (NORD)
Short bowel syndrome (NORD)
Essential thrombocythemia (NORD)
Polycythemia vera (NORD)
Sickle cell disease (NORD)
Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia (NORD)
Warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia and cold agglutinin (NORD)
Congenital athymia (NORD)
Cytomegalovirus infection after transplant (NORD)
Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders (NORD)
Severe chronic neutropenia (NORD)
Alagille syndrome (NORD)
Aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase deficiency (NORD)
Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (NORD)
Classical homocystinuria (NORD)
Congenital cytomegalovirus (NORD)
Fabry disease (NORD)
Gaucher disease (NORD)
Glycogen storage disease type II (NORD)
Metachromatic leukodystrophy (NORD)
Mucopolysaccharide storage disease type 1 (Hurler syndrome) (NORD)
Mucopolysaccharide storage disease type 2 (Hunter syndrome) (NORD)
Mycobacterium avium complex (NORD)
NGLY1 deficiency (NORD)
Niemann-Pick disease types A and B (NORD)
PIK3CA-related overgrowth spectrum (NORD)
Tay-Sachs disease (NORD)
Zellweger spectrum disorders (NORD)
Early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (NORD)
Opsoclonus myoclonus syndrome (NORD)
Spinocerebellar ataxia (NORD)
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (NORD)
IgA nephropathy (NORD)
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (NORD)
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Good news is that it usually improves in a week, but occasionally someone can go from being completely healthy to being seriously ill—requiring hospitalization or even care in the ICU.
The flu spreads when a sick person sneezes or coughs, and sends thousands of virus-containing droplets into the local area.
If they’re lucky, these viruses might land directly on another person’s nose or mouth, but more often they end up landing on nearby objects like a table.
But the flu virus is hardy—and it can survive for hours in the environment.
To make matters worse, a person may be contagious a day before their symptoms even begin, and up to two weeks afterwards—even after they feel much better!
So, while it’s great that Debbie is back to work this week after recovering from the flu.
It’s not so great that Debbie brought contaminated doughnuts to share. Thanks Debbie!
OK, so if you don’t want to feel like garbage with the flu for a week, or get your friends, family and coworkers sick, the most effective way to prevent influenza is through vaccination, which can be done as an injection or nasal spray.
So how well do they work?
Well it depends. First, high-risk individuals like pregnant women, those with a chronic health condition, or those under 6 months or over 65 years of age—are more susceptible to the flu despite being vaccinated.
Second, since the vaccine is based on predictions, some years are better than others.
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