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is ensure drink okay to drink with stomach flu?
I’ve been having nausea and diarrhea. doc says it’s the stomach flu. is it okay to drink ensure?

Answer by Liz
Actually it will probably make you want to throw up worse.Stick to gatorade and clear stuff right now.GOD-bless and get well To the person below me,I have had the stomach flu,no matter what you call it,drinking a milk based product will make you sicker.

Answer by TweetyBird
There’s no stomach flu. You’re doctor should have callled it what it is – gastroenteritis. Flu is an upper respiratory infection. There’s no reason why you can’t drink Ensure. I drink it myself.

Answer by Zeena
As the nurse lady said, there is NO thing at the “stomach flu”.

You more than likely have Norwalk virus.Yes, Ensure is safe to drink.It is lactose free so probably would not harm you.

Just for safety reasons, Only drink HALF and put the other half in the fridge.You don’t want to drink the whole thing just in case it might upset your stomach.If your stomach is fine within a hour or so, drink the other half.

Be sure to keep hydrated…staying hydrated with Gatorade, smart water or pedialyte is better..if not, water.

Here are ways to prevent Noro in the future and to prevent from spreading it to others:

Just remember that hand sanitizers don’t work against this virus.

Other common cleaners also do not kill it.Bleach will.

Here are some tips on preventing it and prevention of spreading it:

The Norwalk virus is known as the nasty 24 hour bug that causes viral gastroenteritis (sudden watery diarrhea and/or vomiting).Usually non life threating but can cause complications in the very young,elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

PREVENTION-Wash your hands before preparing food/eating food and most importantly, TOUCHING YOUR MOUTH/NOSE/EYES.

The ONLY way to become infected with this virus is if you ingest the contaminated fecal/vomit particles through your eyes,nose and mouth.

It is impossible to “breathe” in the virus BUT possible to become infected by breathing in aerosol “spray” droplets from someone vomiting right next to you.(the droplets settle within minuted but can still infect someone until cleaned with bleach)

Even if your whole family breaks out with this virus, you can prevent it by washing your hands for at least 15-20 seconds with warm water and soap.Remember that you are not killing the virus, you are washing it down the drain even if you use an antibacterial soap (which only kills bacteria, not viruses) hand sanitizers are also not successful in killing the virus.

If a member of your family comes down with the virus, let them know to wash their hands AFTER a bowel movement and vomiting.

To clean infected areas, clean with BLEACH.Clean bathrooms (all infected areas) with a bleach solution as soon as possible and be sure to prevent cross contamination and wash your hands afterwards.Especially children! wipe down all commonly touched objects like door knobs, faucet handles, light switches, toilet flushers etc.

People are STILL contagious even after 24 hours after their symptoms settle down so it is always important to wash your hands after the rest room (which you should do anyways!)

The key to staying Norwalk virus free is to keep sanitary.Wash your hands after using the bathroom…you could prevent other peoples misery as well as yours!!


It is ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE to get infected in any of the following ways:

1. Being “near” someone who has it, including co-workers or friends
2. Being on a plane with people who have it
3. Breathing the same air as someone who has it
4. Being in the same building as someone who has it
5. Walking past a pool of vomit on the floor, road or sidewalk
6. Through having sexual relations with an infected person
7. Through a cut in your skin
8. Through your rectum or genitalia (as in, on a toilet)
9. Kissing someone who is not yet showing symptoms (note: it may be possible to catch it from someone who has recently vomited by kissing them, as viral particles may be in their mouth from vomitus. But the virus is NOT transmitted through saliva)
10. Number 6, above, applies similarly to sharing cups or utensils with someone as well.

TIPS:Do not share any cups/plates/utensils with an infected person and be sure to wash in a bleach solution to prevent cross contamination with the rest of your family.

Good luck and stay healthy.:)

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