What is Flu Season?

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Colder weather means an influx of germs and more occurrences of illness. Everybody cringes when they hear on the news that the flu has hit their local area and many people start to panic at the thought of the unwanted symptoms that come along with this dangerous virus like fever, body aches, chills, headaches, sore throat, stuffy nose and much more. Everyone can contract the flu and those people who have under-developed or compromised immune systems can be in a dangerous predicament if they fall ill during flu season. This can include infants, small children, the elderly, people with chronic health conditions and more.

The influenza virus is more prevalent in the colder months in the United States and while many people assume it’s just because of the kids being back to school and the increase in germs, there is an actual science behind why the flu thrives so well in the cold weather. January and February is usually when the U.S. will see the most cases of the flu and this is because of the cold and dry weather conditions that are present. Entire schools have shut down during these months because of the flu spreading like wildfire in their area and this isn’t something you will usually hear about in the summer months.

How It Survives And Thrives

When the weather and environment provides cold and dry conditions, the flu virus is less likely the die. Rather, it will multiply and spread very rapidly. The winter is when this occurs and no matter how much you wash your hands and cover your mouth, the virus is very prevalent and can be easily contracted. Once a few cases of the flu presents itself in a school or office, many others will usually get the illness and it will continue to be passed around until the weather begins to break and become more warm and more humid. In many instances, schools and offices will actually ask people not to come in so that the germs can get under control more and proper cleaning can take place.

The Flu’s Place In History

Reports of the flu come from as far back as 1918. People have been suffering from the flu likely even before this, but people were unaware what these symptoms were associated with. When the flu would hit a pandemic state, it would wipe out large communities due to lack of knowledge and lack of developed medical care. Doctors were not able to serve the community like they do today and there wasn’t treatment for the flu. If you were part of a high risk bracket due to health concerns, you were in a dangerous spot. People couldn’t be treated for flu or dehydration like they are today.

In Other Parts Of The World

In the United States we experience winter differently than in other parts of the world. Our flu season typically presents itself around January and February because this is when it is most cold and most dry. In other countries this is not the case. Some places experience flu season in May or June. Because of our hot and humid weather conditions during this point of the year, we don’t experience many cases of the flu and if there are any, they cannot spread as easily as in the winter months. Also, we tend to get healthy doses of vitamin D throughout the summer when we are in the sun more often. When our winters decrease our Vitamin D intake, this can put our immune system at a great disadvantage.

Our understanding of the flu virus and how it thrives has led to better preventing the flu. Eating healthy, getting enough rest, staying active, utilizing supplements if need be and utilizing the flu shot are all great ways to prevent the flu from spreading in your family.

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Preventing the Flu

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It is possible to develop the flu at any time during the year, however, it is more common during flu season, which starts in October and ends in March. However, flu season has been known to linger through May. The flu is extremely contagious, and the symptoms can make you miserable. The most common symptoms include:

  • High fever (101 and over)
  • Chills
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Stuffy nose
  • An unproductive cough
  • Sneezing

There is no cure for the flu. You can take medications to alleviate the symptoms and there is a medication that can be taken when you first get sick to lessen the duration of the illness, but there is no cure. The flu can leave you laid up in bed for days, even weeks, therefore, you should know how to keep from getting the flu so that you can take the necessary steps when flu season starts.

Get the Flu Shot 

Your best defense against getting the flu is to get the flu shot. Because the strain of flu is different every year and due to the fact that the flu shot wears off, you need to get it every year. There are a few different types of flu shots:

  • Standard dose: The standard does is approved for people 6 months and older.
  • High dose: The high-dose flu shot is approved for people who are 65 and older. Due to their weakened immune system, the elderly need a stronger dose.
  • Flu-Mist: Flu mist is the only type of vaccine that does not require a needle injection. It is strayed in the nose. People with certain medical conditions should not get the Flu-Mist.

There are some people who avoid getting the flu shot because they have heard that it can give them the flu. This is not the case. There is no active flu virus in the standard or high-dose vaccine. There is an active virus in the Flu-Mist, however, it is not enough to make you sick.

Wash Your Hands Often

As mentioned above, the flu is very contagious. The flu virus can live on hard surfaces for 24 hours. This means that if a sick person touches a doorknob and they you touch it later, you can contract the flu. To keep from getting sick, you should wash your hands often. When you are in a public place, you should wash them eve more often. If you cannot get to sink as often as you would like to wash your hands, you should carry around hand sanitizer.

Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face

During flu season, you should make it a habit to keep your hands away from your face. If you come into contact with the flu virus by touching something that a sick person touched and then you touch your eyes, your nose, or your mouth, you can contact the flu virus. Even if you wash your hands often, you should still keep them away from your face.

Avoid Close Contact With Sick People

If you know someone is sick, you should avoid contact with the whenever possible. If it is one of your children or your spouse who is sick and you need to take care of them, you should take the proper precautions. You should wash your hands after contact with them and wear a mask when you are in the same room.

The flu can make your feel awful for days. This is why it is so important to know how to protect yourself from getting the flu.

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Caring for Open Wounds

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An open wound is caused by an injury to the skin. Just about everyone will suffer from an open wound at some point in their lives. Fortunately, most open wounds are minor and can be treated in the home. When it comes to open wounds, there are a few types:

  • Abrasion: An abrasion occurs when the skin scrapes against a hard, rough surface. One of the most common types of abrasions is road rash. When you have an abrasion there won’t be a lot of bleeding, however, you would need to care for the wound properly to remove all of the dirt and debris.
  • Laceration: A laceration is a tear in the skin or a deep cut. These types of wounds often occur if you have an accident with a knife, a tool, or a piece of machinery. If the laceration is deep enough, it can result in serious and rapid bleeding.
  • Puncture Wounds: Puncture wounds are caused when a pointy, long object goes into the skin. Some common objects that cause puncture wounds include nails, needles, ice picks, and even bullets. There isn’t always a great deal of bleeding from a puncture wound, however, these wounds can go deep enough to damage internal organs.
  • Avulsion: An avulsion is the most dangerous of all the open wounds. It is when the skin and the tissue beneath tears off completely or partially. These injuries often occur during bone crushing accidents, violent accidents, bullet wounds, gunshots, and even explosions. These wounds will bleed rapidly and heavily, and they can be deadly.

If you have any of the open wounds listed above, it is important that you know what to do.

#1 Access the Wound 

The first thing that you should do after you are injured is access the wound. You should be able to tell which type of wound you have based on how it occurred. There are a few circumstances where you should avoid trying to treat the wound yourself and you should see a doctor.

  • If the open would in deeper than ½ inch
  • If you put direct pressure on the wound and the bleeding doesn’t stop
  • If the bleeding doesn’t stop after 20 minutes
  • If the wound occurred in a serious accident where other injuries could have occurred
  • If the wound was a puncture wound, you should see a doctor. You might need a tetanus shot.

#2 Cleaning the Wound

To clean the wound, you will need hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol. Hydrogen peroxide is better because it doesn’t sting as much. Start by flushing the wound out with water to remove as much of the dirt and debris as possible. Next, pour the peroxide or rubbing alcohol directly on the wound. To clean out the remaining debris, use a gauze pad to wipe out the wound. Be sure to get as much of the dirt out as possible.

#3 Dressing the Wound

What you use to dress the wound would depend on the size. If it is small enough, you can use a band-aid. If the wound is large, you would be better off dressing it with a gauze pad and medical tape. Before dressing the wound, you should put antibacterial cream on the pad so that it lines up directly with the wound. This will prevent infection. Be sure to change the dressing regularly and clean it with peroxide or rubbing alcohol each time.

If you have any type of open wound, you should clean it and dress it properly to keep it from getting infected. If it is severe, seek medical attention immediately.

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What You Should Know About The Flu Shot

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Nothing Common About The Flu

  1. What are some of the more common things you should know about the flu?
      • Signs and symptoms of the flu can hit you at any time of the year
      • The flu season begins in October and runs through March
      • The only way the doctor can tell if you have a case of “real” flu is by a painless nasal swab that takes a mere 5 seconds.

The Flu Is Only A Bad Cold

  1. Is the flu vaccine the same every year?
    1. Yes and No. Four standard dead viruses are always included in the flu vaccine every year. Manufacturers make up vaccines, according to reports from CDC previous year research.
  2. The flu is simply an ordinary bad cold?
    1. No. The flu is a highly contagious and severe lung infection.
  3. What does the flu cause?
    1. The flu causes severe illness, respiratory diseases such as pneumonia as complications, and can lead to death.
  4. Does the flu attack you anywhere else in your body?
    1. The flu is a respiratory infection. The respiratory system includes the nose, throat, lungs, mainly.

The Flu Vaccine

  1. How is flu vaccines administered?
    1. Recommendations are a flu shot. Also, available in a nasal spray. The nasal spray is not available during the 2016-2017 flu seasons.
  2. Will the flu vaccination prevent me from getting the flu? 
    1. Yes
  3. How young should a child get a flu shot? 
    1. Six months and up. There is no age limit beyond six months.
  4. Can you get the flu from the flu vaccination? Many say you can which is why some do not get the flu shot?
    1. You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine.
  5. What does the flu vaccination do once it is in the bloodstream?
    1. The flu vaccine stimulates the body to produce antibodies. These antibodies are your protection against the flu.
  6. As soon as you get the flu vaccine is it correct you cannot get the flu.
    1. No, because it takes two weeks for this vaccine to circulate in your bloodstream protecting you from the flu.

High Risk People

  1. Is any person more susceptible to the flu?
    1. Yes. Those individuals who have a depressed immunity, such as,
      • HIV
      • Very young children
      • Senior citizens over 65 years of age
      • Pregnant women
      • Any person with any chronic lung condition
      • Heart Conditions
      • Smokers and more
      • Babies younger than six months
  1. Why are these people at a higher risk for complications of the flu and possibly death? 
    1. The flu attacks the lungs. If you have weakened lungs you are at risk for serious complications from the flu.
  2. Do not infants younger than six months get the flu?
    1. No. These babies younger than six months are at a grave risk for the flu and complications. They cannot get a flu vaccine is not approved for ages younger than six months.

The Flu Is Highly Contagious

  1. How is the flu passed from one person to another?
    1. By breathing in air molecules; touching your face after touching a surface with the virus.
  2. How do you protect yourself?
    1. Frequent hand washing with antibiotic hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes.
  3. This sounds like a lot of work?
    1. No, it is not a lot of work. It is practicing good hygiene and protects you and your family.

People Die From Flu Complications

  1. The death rate cannot be that significant?
    1. Upwards of 45,000 people die from flu complications annually.

 

Get your flu vaccination this year

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When to Visit a Doctor during Flu Season

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The flu starts to creep up around this time of year when the weather is quickly turning colder, the kids are back in school and germs become more prevalent. Everyone has experienced a common cold with its nuisance symptoms but when it comes to the influenza virus, these symptoms can be much more severe and actually dangerous. Not to mention how unpleasant they are. Aside from the common stuffy nose and sore throat, people who have the flu experience chills, extreme fever, body aches, headache, weakness, nausea, stomach upset, diarrhea and more. Unfortunately, there are a number of elderly patients and people with compromised immune systems that succumb to the flu each year. Many times, death could have been avoided by going to visit a doctor earlier on in the illness.

At First Sign Of Symptoms

Not everyone can determine whether they are simply coming down with a common cold or if it is the flu they are experiencing. However, if you know a number of people in your household have been sick with the flu and they are confirmed cases, you could head to your doctor at the first sign of symptoms. If you catch the flu early enough, there is an antiviral medication that may or may not be able to shorten the duration of your illness. Once you have been sick for week or so, this medication is not quite as effective and you will have to ride things out.

Dehydration

One of the most common and severe complications of the flu is dehydration. When you are sick, your body will need twice as many fluids as it normally would if you were healthy. This can be because of increased saliva, diarrhea, etc. Unfortunately, because most patients feel so awful when they have the flu, it can be hard to stay hydrated. Not to mention, if you are throwing up, your body may be rejecting all fluids at this point. Some of the earliest signs of dehydration is a headache or severe body aches. If you find either of these aches are really becoming intolerable and not improving much with a pain reliever, it may be time to visit your doctor or emergency room. You may be at the point where fluids will need to be replaced through an IV. Many people find they feel a lot better once they receive a few bags of fluids and this can help the body fight off the flu. Also, if your body ever becomes so dehydrated that your kidneys have trouble functioning, you could be in danger.

Weakness and Fatigue

With most illnesses you will experience some degree of weakness or fatigue. However, if you feel so extremely weak that you find it hard to get out of bed, get to the bathroom or sit up for a drink of water, then you should give your doctor a call to find out what he or she recommends that you do. You may be suffering from dehydration, your body may be just busy fighting off the flu or there may be some other complications that you need to address. It’s always best to check with your doctor to see if they think you should receive treatment of some sort.

When you call your doctor’s office you may be advised to head to your nearest emergency room or immediate care facility. Some doctor’s offices don’t want you coming into the office for fear of you spreading your illness to other patients in the office that are healthy and simply there for their routine physical.

 

 

 

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Protecting Yourself from Hepatitis

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Even though viral hepatitis isn’t as prevalent as it was 20 years ago, it’s still a serious condition you should protect yourself from. Currently, doctors have identified 3 strains of the hepatitis virus; Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Since most people suffering from Hepatitis A recover within a week or months, there is little emphasis on this strain of hepatitis.

Hepatitis B and C get more attention since people who contract them are in for a life-long health problem.

How Does the Hepatitis Virus Spread?

Hepatitis A spreads by fecal-oral contact with fecal matter. The virus bearing fecal matter might even be microscopic but it will still spread the virus. This means that you can get an infection from contaminated food, drinks or close contact with the infected person.

Hepatitis B, on the other hand, is found in the body fluids of the affected person. This could be semen, blood or vaginal fluids. You’ll get infected by having sex or accidentally exchanging contaminated personal items or being in close contact. Hepatitis C is also found in blood and bodily fluid. It’s mainly spread through sex, sharing hypodermic needles or during childbirth.

Protecting Yourself from Hepatitis

The first step to protecting yourself from hepatitis is by getting the hepatitis vaccine. The vaccine will activate your immune system in advance, forcing it to create the antibodies needed to fight the hepatitis virus long before it takes root. The vaccine is given in a three does regime that is administered in a six month period.

If you are exposed to the virus but you hadn’t received the vaccine, you can increase your chances of avoid a full-fledged infection by receiving the vaccine and a dose of hepatitis immune globulin. The globulin contains the right virus antibodies and increases the chances of your body successfully fighting the virus before it is too late.

Hepatitis A can be avoided by practicing high levels of hygiene and ensuring that you drink disinfected water. Apart from the vaccine, you can use the following procedures to protect yourself from hepatitis B and C.

Avoid Sharing of Hypodermic Needles and Other Piercing Paraphernalia

Second use hypodermic needles are one of the most common ways through which hepatitis B and C is spread among drug addicts. Ensuring that you use a new and sterile needle and disposing it off after use is a great way to protect yourself.

The second line of defense would be ensuring that any piercing or cutting equipment used on you is properly sterilized. This applicable when receiving piercings or getting tattoos as it is easy to skip sterilization and clinic level sanitation in such settings.

Always Use Protection When Having Sex

Since all strains of hepatitis can be spread through sexual contact, it is wise to avoid risky behavior that exposes to bodily fluids. This includes having unprotected sex with multiple partners. The best life of defense would be keeping one sexual partner whose history you know very well. If this is impossible, ensure that you use latex condoms every time you have sex. Remember to use the condoms well since improper use still puts you at risk.

Hepatitis B or C is mostly chronic. Even though you can manage the condition very well with modern medication, the virus will ultimately have a toll on your livers and general body functions. Your best line of defense would be keeping it out at all cost. Ensure that you get your vaccine and lead a responsible lifestyle to minimize exposure.

 

 

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Preparing your Child for School

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Each year the thought of a new school year makes children grumble but parents everywhere tend to rejoice at a new routine. Whether your child is going into kindergarten for the first time ever or your child is embarking on a new adventure to high school, there is preparation that includes buying new school supplies, getting a new schedule and going clothes shopping. However, there are other things to consider with your child going back into a highly populated school where germs and illness often run rampant after just a couple of weeks. There are ways that you can prepare your child for school to help them stay healthy and safe all school year long. This will allow them to focus on what is most important about school and that is learning and growing as a student and person.

The Flu Shot
Depending on where you live in the United States, you may get the flu in your area at different points than other places in the country. Regardless, the cold and dry weather is usually what allows this virus to run rampant in your area and schools tend to be one of the more popular places for children to get sick. You have a lot of children in one classroom and even more children stopping in and out of bathrooms and cafeterias. No matter how well your child washes their hands or pays attention to what is going on around them, there are flu germs everywhere. So much so that when the flu really takes over a school, administrators have many times decided to shut schools down to let staff clean thoroughly and let children get healthy again. One way you can prepare for the school year is to obtain a flu shot for your child. You can have this done at your pediatrician’s office or somewhere else like your local pharmacy. This vaccine is designed to give your child the immunity they need in case they come into contact with someone or something that is currently infected with the dangerous influenza virus.

Recommended Vaccinations
Depending on what state that you live in, there is a set schedule of recommended vaccines children should receive before they enter the school system. Unless your child has a medical or religious exemption from their doctor, your child must get these vaccines prior to starting school. The exact same concept and benefits as the flu shot, vaccines that focus on diseases and illnesses like polio, measles, mumps and rubella will keep these illnesses at bay and keep your child safe as well as other children that are part of the school system. Your child’s school will ask for a signed report from your child’s doctor that details all of the shots your child has gotten up until this point.

When you plan ahead for the new school year there is a lot to consider as a parent. You want to keep your child healthy and safe so they have the opportunity to learn new things and try new things. Consider getting your child the flu shot this year and talk to your child’s pediatrician to make sure your child’s vaccinations are all set before they are going to be starting school. It is always fun to plan ahead for a new year whether it be picking out some new sneakers, planning a first day of school outfit or buying school supplies that will be used all year long. However, there are other items if business that need to be taken care of before boarding that big yellow school bus on

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Protecting Yourself From the Flu

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Flu season is ramping up once again, and the dreaded illness is going to be making its rounds among your family, friends, and coworkers before you know it. The most effective way to prevent yourself from getting the flu is to get vaccinated. Even with a vaccination, though, there’s still a good chance that the flu will find you. Fortunately, there are several additional steps you can take to further reduce your exposure.

Avoid Contact with People who Have the Flu

It can be hard to stay away from everyone who has the flu, especially because there’s an incubation period where symptoms have not yet appeared, but the person is already sick. However, you can protect yourself from those who are obviously not feeling well by keeping your distance, especially in instances where someone is coughing or sneezing.

Be Prepared for Germs

If you see anyone around you who is ill, make the time to go wash your hands after touching surfaces they might have touched. If you don’t have time or are otherwise unable to wash your hands often, try carrying hand sanitizer gel or wipes to keep your hands germ-free as much as possible. Also remember not to touch your face, rub your eyes, or eat until you’ve had a chance to get rid of the germs you may have picked up.

Clean and Disinfect Surfaces

Your home or office can be a truly disgusting germ repository, so make sure you keep surfaces clean and disinfected as much as possible. Doorknobs, telephones, keyboards, countertops, and faucets are all prime locations for harboring the germs that can cause the flu, so give them a good wipedown with disinfectant at least once a day, and clean them thoroughly every few days. The frequency should be increased in areas where there’s lots of traffic, including classrooms, doctors’ offices, and busy public or communal areas.

Make a Habit of Good Health

No matter how well you try to clean your environment and avoid being exposed to flu germs, the truth is that some are going to get through even the most carefully-constructed barriers. That means that your last line of defense is your body’s own immune system. You can help your immune system work most effectively by keeping your body in its best possible shape. Make sure you:

  • Get enough sleep. Being well-rested means that your body has the energy it needs to mount an effective defense against germs and other uninvited guests.
  • Drink plenty of water. Being dehydrated is a great way to make sure you get sick. Your body needs water to function properly; don’t forego your daily water for sodas or coffee.
  • Get the right vitamins and minerals. Your body needs the right building blocks if it’s going to fight off illness. Make sure you eat a varied diet to give your body everything it needs. If you have any doubt about your diet, give your body a boost with a multivitamin.
  • Get plenty of exercise. Staying in shape gives you a better chance of fighting off random illnesses like the flu. Exercising is also a great way to head off chronic, serious diseases like heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. As little as thirty minutes of exercise every day can lead to better health, a stronger immune system, and an improved lifespan.

Just because it’s flu season doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get sick. Getting a flu shot, staying on top of your health, avoiding those who are obviously ill, and keeping your environment as clean as possible are all great ways to reduce your chances of getting the flu.

 

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Flu Shot Myths

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The flu is an illness that can be very unpleasant and fatal if not taken seriously. Luckily, it can be avoided through a preventive vaccine given annually. Unfortunately, most people avoid getting the vaccine due to lack of knowledge or misinformation. Getting a flu shot makes perfect sense given up to 20 percent of Americans contract the flu every year. Some of the most common myths about the flu are as listed below;

Flu shots cause the flu

This myth might have come about since inactivated influenza virus is used to create the flu vaccine. The CDC confirms that the weakened or inactivated virus is not infectious and is therefore safe. In fact, the organization has highly recommended for the use of the inactivated influenza virus for the 2016-2017 flu season. Some vaccines are even made without any flu vaccine viruses. The most you can get after a flu shot is swelling or soreness where the shot was given. Muscle aches, low-grade fever, and headache may occur, although rarely.

Expectant Mothers Should avoid Vaccinations

Some pregnant women think that they can miscarry if given a flu shot, which is not the case. Contrary to common belief, it’s the flu itself that could lead to miscarriages. If you’re pregnant, the best thing to do is to get a flu shot unless your doctor advises you otherwise due to an underlying medical condition.

Antibiotics can treat the flu

Most people think antibiotics can make them feel better yet antibiotics are only used to fight bacteria. Antibiotics are powerless when it comes to viruses such as the influenza virus. You may experience some side effects or antibiotic resistance if you continue taking antibiotics to treat the flu.

Flu Vaccines Don’t Work

The flu vaccine saves lives by preventing millions of infections annually in the United States. Although immunization doesn’t guarantee that you will never get the flu, the risk of falling sick is significantly reduced. Although the effectiveness of the vaccine varies by year, the flu shot reduces the possibility of contracting the flu by over fifty percent when the vaccine matches well with the circulating strains. Despite the fact that there’s concrete evidence to support the flu shot’s efficacy among the children, many still argue that the flu shot is ineffective in children. It’s crucial to note that the immune system adjusts in development.

Healthy People cannot die from the flu

Thousands of people die yearly from the flu and its related complications. The victims also include healthy children and adults. If you have underlying medical conditions, your risk of having chronic complications is also elevated. That said, you can still become very ill from the flu even if you’re healthy.

The flu shot is not needed each year

Different strains are witnessed each year as the flu virus matures fast. For this reason, it’s paramount to get vaccinated each year since a flu vaccine administered in this season would not be effective in the upcoming season.

Falling ill with the flu is not that serious

The symptoms of flu might make it hard for you to attend work, go to school or engage socially with friends and family for around two weeks. The CDC has confirmed that flu-related deaths over the last year could be as many as 56,000.

Flu shot is only useful to the very young and the elderly

The vaccine is for anyone who does not want to get the flu or spread it. According to CDC, anyone who is six months and older is eligible for the vaccine.

 

 

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Effects of HIV on the Body

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Most of us have heard of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) before and know that it attacks the immune system, but maybe that’s the extent of our knowledge. If you’re curious to understand the basics of HIV and how HIV effects the body, we encourage you to read on.

The Basics about HIV

Many people are left in the dark that they even have HIV as it first comes off like flu-like symptoms. It typically takes 10 to 15 years to break down the immune system to a point where it is damaged beyond repair.

HIV then moves onto the final HIV-stage, which is AIDS, (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). HIV is found in a person’s blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and even in breast milk as it’s easy to be passed on; however, HIV can’t be caught through a person’s sweat or saliva.

How HIV Effects the Body

When HIV enters your system it immediately attacks your immune system weakening your natural defenses. Besides having a weakened immune system you will start to suffer from aches and pains, a constant cough, and other flu-like systems over time.

You can also develop inflammation that affects both your spinal cord and your brain. It can start affecting you to the point where you may develop anxiety and depression.

You will also face problems like that of the following:

  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Heart Problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Dementia
  • Kidney Damage
  • Balance Problems
  • Seizures
  • Neurological Problems such as Dementia
  • Skin Issues such as Itchy Skin, Shingles, Bumps

Prevention Tips

Using condoms during sex is one of the best precaution to prevent HIV. Furthermore, if you happen to inject drugs of any kind always use a clean needle. If you’re pregnant with HIV, you have the chance to pass it onto your baby, or even can affect the baby through breastfeeding.

Treatment

Being tested for HIV is quite easy and there is an effective antiretroviral treatment available to those with HIV to continue a healthy lifestyle.

Even if you’re pregnant with HIV by taking the HIV treatment will virtually eliminate the risk of passing on the HIV to your baby. You can find out more about this by visiting your local physician.

Final Thoughts

There are a variety of problems that come with having HIV. Most people are even unaware that they have HIV, however, it can have severe effects upon the body over time, which ultimately leads to AIDS.

If you have doubts if you might have HIV, its best to get yourself tested as there is an effective means of treatment so you can go on living your life.

 

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