Here's What You Need to Know to Survive Flu Season
This year's flu season is still going strong.
As reported today by Dr. Tara Narula on CBS This Morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated:
- The flu virus is widespread in 43 states.
- There are approximately 14,000 new flu cases a week.
- This year's flu is mostly from the more severe H3N2 strain.
FEBRUARY 13, 2017, 7:16 AM| The number of flu cases is surging across the country. The latest figures from the CDC show the virus is "widespread" in 43 states. There are 14,000 new cases a week, and at least 20 children have reportedly died from the virus since late 2016. Dr. Tara Narula joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the threat.
3 Steps to Help You Beat the Flu
1) It's Not Too Late To Get A Flu Shot!
The CDC states, "...seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and March."
Last year "...influenza activity peaked in mid-March, 2016..."
"CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease."
People at High Risk for Developing Flu-Related Complications
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- Adults 65 years of age and older
- Pregnant women (and women up to two weeks postpartum)
- Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- Also, American Indians and Alaskan Natives seem to be at higher risk of flu complications
- People who have medical conditions including:
Asthma; Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability (mental retardation), moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury]; Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and cystic fibrosis); Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease); Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease); Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus); Kidney disorders; Liver disorders; Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders); Weakened immune system due to disease or medication (such as people with HIV or AIDS, or cancer, or those on chronic steroids); People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy; People with extreme obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or more).
2) Employ Good Health Habits To Help Stop Germs
1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay home when you are sick.
This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
Routinely use disposable disinfectant wipes to clean frequently touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones, to help remove germs.
7. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
3) If You Do Get The Flu – Go See Your Doctor Promptly!
What Are the Symptoms for Influenza (also known as the Flu)?
People who have the flu often have some or all of these symptoms which usually come on suddenly:
- Fever* or feeling feverish and getting the chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
People at high risk of serious flu complications (such as children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, people with certain medical conditions, and residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities) and people who are very sick with flu (such as those hospitalized because of flu) should get treatment with antiviral drugs as early as possible after illness begins.
Treatment with antivirals works best when begun within 48 hours of getting sick, but can still be beneficial when given later in the course of illness. Antiviral drugs are effective across all age and risk groups. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2016-2017.htm
There are three FDA-approved influenza antiviral drugs recommended by the CDC this season to treat influenza:
- oseltamivir (available as a generic version or under the trade name Tamiflu®)
- zanamivir (trade name Relenza®)
- peramivir (trade name Rapivab®)
MaxiAids wishes good health to all. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Remember, health is the greatest treasure of all.