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    Stomach Flu Facts:
    • Symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea
    • It is caused by viruses. It is viral gastroenteritis and is not related to influenza (the real flu).
    • Millions of viruses are in poop, vomit, and possibly nasal secretions of a sick person.
    • Illness is spread when a few of these viruses get into someone else's mouth.
    • A person is contagious (still producing viruses) for at least 3 days after symptoms have stopped.
    • The viruses can live for weeks on surfaces.
    • Clean with chlorine bleach, Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide cleaners, or Lysol® Disinfectant Spray. Regular Clorox® wipes and Lysol® wipes DO NOT kill these viruses.
    • Stay away from other people as much as possible while you are contagious.
    • Most importantly, wash your hands frequently!
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    Welcome to "Stop the Stomach Flu" - by Dr. Annie
    If you have stumbled upon my web site because you or a loved one is suffering from the stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis), you have my deepest sympathy. Yes, there are worse illnesses in the world. But the stomach flu is the worst one that is definitely going to happen to all of us and happens so frequently. It is the second most common illness in the United States1 (the common cold is #1). Most people don't really care if they have a cold, but I think we can all agree that the stomach flu is entirely too awful to be so prevalent.  Norovirus is the most famous stomach bug, and the Norovirus GII.4 Sydney strain seems to be causing the most trouble in 2012-20132. However, it is not the only stomach bug going around. I personally know 3 families who have had the stomach flu 4 times during the past year! I have heard from a few families who got stomach bugs 5 times in 1 year. That is the record. If you have been unfortunate enough to get a stomach bug more than 5 times in 1 year, please let me know. In my experience, it seems that most people have no idea how they got the stomach flu or how they could give it to someone else. I believe that if people were educated about the stomach flu, how it is spread, and how long they are contagious, we would not all have to get it so many times.
     

    Why am I qualified to write about the stomach flu? 
    I have a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and am also a mom with 3 small children. I have gone through several awful stomach flu episodes with my family. I passionately hate the stomach flu. The purpose of this web site is to promote awareness of stomach flu facts so people will learn how to avoid it and how not to give it to everyone else if they do get it. I have provided links to the credible web sites where I got my information. Whenever possible I reference the journal articles describing the actual scientific experiments done to determine these facts so you can trust that this information is accurate. Since most people who hate the stomach flu are also interested in avoiding anything that causes them to be up all night throwing up, I provide information about other causes of gastroenteritis including food poisoning. This is a great place to brush up on your knowledge of norovirus, rotavirus, e.coli, salmonella, and many other unpleasant organisms that you'd like to avoid.

    I am not a medical doctor. This information is not intended to be medical advice or replace the advice offered by your physician. If you or your loved one is extremely sick, please call your doctor right away or go to the emergency room.                                                                                                                                               

    Please e-mail me your questions, comments, additional facts, and personal stories. I would like people to share their own personal stories so we can learn from each other’s experiences. I’d love to hear from physicians, nurses, researchers, parents, and anyone with emetophobia (fear of vomiting). I will do my best to find the answers to your questions. I will post any interesting comments that I receive on this web site for everyone to read. My name is Annie and my e-mail is phd.annie at gmail.com. I had to write my e-mail that way to decrease the number of Viagra ads that I receive. I hope you understand what it means. I always e-mail everyone back. Anyone is welcome to join the SECRET Stop the Stomach Flu Facebook group. It is a secret group which means that all of your facebook friends will NOT KNOW when you post about diarrhea. Just e-mail me if you want to join. 


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    Stomach Flu FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

    What is the stomach flu?

    How is the stomach flu diagnosed?

    When is stomach flu season?

    What are symptoms of the stomach flu?

    How long will the stomach flu last?

    What causes the stomach flu?

    How is the stomach flu transmitted?

    What is the incubation period of the stomach flu?

    How long is a person contagious after having the stomach flu?

    When can I send my child back to school or day care after having the stomach flu?

    When can I go back to work after having the stomach flu?

    What is the treatment for the stomach flu?

    Which medications will help stop me from vomiting?

    Do adults get rotavirus?

    Will I be immune to the stomach flu in the future?

    Does the flu shot protect me from the stomach flu?

    Is there a stomach flu vaccine?

    Are some people more susceptible to the stomach flu than others?

    How long can stomach flu viruses live my house?

    Which hand sanitizers kill stomach flu viruses?

    Which cleaning products kill stomach flu viruses?

    How do you clean vomit and diarrhea out of the carpet and kill norovirus? 

    Do benzalkonium chloride and benzethonium chloride kill norovirus?

    How can I avoid getting the stomach flu?

    Does drinking cranberry juice, grape juice, black raspberry juice, pomegranate juice, red wine, apple cider vinegar, or grape seed extract help ward off the stomach flu?

    Will taking probiotics help prevent me from getting the stomach flu? 

    How can I get over my fear of vomiting and the stomach flu? 

    What are bacterial and parasitic gastroenteritis?

    Do hand sanitizers and hand washing really do what they claim? 

    Are natural cleaning products as effective as those with strong chemicals?

    Does MonoFoil really work? 


    Food Poisoning FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

    What is food poisoning?

    What is traveler's diarrhea?

    Is food poisoning contagious?

    Do I have the stomach flu or food poisoning?

    How do I report food poisoning?

    How can I avoid food poisoning?

    How long can food be stored in the fridge?

    How long is food good in the fridge during a power outage?

    Which lunch boxes keep food at safe cold temperatures?

    Will my baby or toddler get sick from drinking an old cup of spoiled milk?



     1. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/viralgastroenteritis/

    2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23344699