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http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/popping-a-painkiller-can-reduce-your-fever-but-it-might-worsen-your-flu/2014/01/27/77f7b900-8391-11e3-bbe5-6a2a3141e3a9_story.html

 

reducing fever actually spreads it- who would have thought it?!

 

Fever is thought to be an antiviral weapon, because many viruses find it hard to replicate at temperatures above the body’s normal 98.6 degrees. But research hasn’t made it clear whether relieving fever slows recovery.

Some studies have shown that lowering fever may prolong viral infections and increase the amount of virus we can pass on to others, says David Earn at McMaster University in Ontario.

Since I don't get the flu vaccine, does anyone know if this information is passed on when you get the release form signed? I highly doubt it………ah,,,,,That is why they do flu shots in pharmacies - so you can pick up the aspirin on the way out? :twins 

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Taking painkillers for fever not only helps to spread the disease, it also can worsen symptoms, and even cause death:

 

"According to an analysis published last week, painkillers taken to treat fevers could cause 2,000 flu deaths each year in the United States alone"

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BUT but but, according to the other side, it's all because we are not vaccinating for the flu - it's ALL out fault! banghead.gif


 

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Not surprising


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