Where To Get The Flu Shot

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The CDC

In September every year, the CDC sends out flu vaccines to numerous different places, so you have multiple places to go and get your vaccine. You should call the place you intend to get the flu vaccine to make sure the supply arrived and is in stock.

Professionals begin to give flu vaccines as early as September and then on through the winter months from September through March. Please keep in mind that it takes two weeks for the vaccine to circulate in your bloodstream to protect you from the flu virus circulating that year.

Good Reasons to Get Vaccinated

There are many reasons to get your flu vaccine and few reasons why you should not be vaccinated. The flu virus puts more than 200,000 people in the hospital every year, and these people develop serious complications from the flu virus.

Over the last several years there are at least 50,000 individuals who die from the flu virus or complications from the virus, such as pneumonia.

Since the flu attacks your lungs, it is a good idea to be vaccinated. If you have an impaired respiratory systems as seen in COPD, asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic pneumonia, are a smoker, have an immunology deficit, or more you are at higher risk for complications if you get the virus.

Young children and senior citizens are at high risk for complications from getting the flu. The flu vaccine protects you against these serious complications.

Contrary to some opinions you cannot get the flu from your flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is available at locations by injection in your upper arm, via a spray in your nasal passage, or orally. This year’s flu vaccine for 2017 is not available internally.

No Flu for You

When you go to the flu vaccination location of your choice you assure yourself you will not,

  • Lose time from work
  • Lose income
  • Use up all your sick days
  • Must use your personal time available
  • You must use your vacation
  • Increase your health care costs for possible hospitalization, medicine, and doctor visits
  • You feel crappy for about two weeks

Each state across the United States offers a variety of places to get your flu vaccine. All states do not provide the same business chains as other states.

Access the Internet to see what places in your city offer the flu vaccine. You can use the Internet to find out which sites offer free flu vaccinations.

As an example, if you are a resident of Michigan any food store with a pharmacy or any stand-alone pharmacy administers the flu vaccine.

You can also go to your city’s, local hospital, any medical walk-in clinic, doctor’s office, Health Department, or employer.

Questions to Ask

When you locate a flu vaccination site ask the following questions.

  • What days and hours do you give the flu vaccination?
  • Do you give youngsters the flu vaccine?
  • How much is the vaccine?
  • Do you bill my insurance company?
  • Do you bill Medicare?
  • What is this vaccine going to cost me out-of-pocket?
  • Do I have to make an appointment or can I just walk-in for my vaccination?
  • Is this vaccination going to give me the flu?
  • Can I get my vaccination if I have an infection?
  • Do you administer both the Nasal and injection form?
  • (Nasal vaccine is not available during the 2017 flu season)

Some places do not charge over $30.00 for a flu shot, and most locations are free.

Getting the flu vaccine has many benefits, and there are few, if any, reasons why you should not protect yourself during this fast approaching flu season.

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How to reduce the spread of germs

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Germs Everywhere

There are going to be more germs around public areas; that’s just a fact. More people living more diverse lifestyles means more germs. The more germs there are, the more sickness there is. There’s a reason airports and bus-stations seem to be over-run with people coughing, hacking, and sneezing: sickness abounds in public places.

If you understand what you’re getting into, you can avoid sickness with relative ease; but it does mean being conscientious. Following are some public hygiene tips and tricks to help you remain relatively germ free as perpetually as possible.

Go Victorian: Wear Gloves In Public

Thankfully for glove enthusiasts everywhere, in wintertime, it is usually cold enough that wearing such things is more comfortable than refraining. It’s not a bad idea to have a nice pair of gloves for regular daily interactions with people. This can be easier than constantly thinking “don’t touch your face, don’t touch your face, don’t touch your face,” after shaking hands with a stranger. Also, you may forget to wash your hands, and catch a nasty germ that way.

In China, between pollution and publicly transmitted diseases, there’s ample reason to wear masks like doctors and dentists do in the operating theatre. The reason they wear those masks is to protect themselves from germs that may come from the patient, and to protect the patient from germs that may come from them. If you live in a dense urban center and must regularly get among people who you see aren’t in the best of health, wearing such a mask may not be a bad idea.

Generally, though, being conscientious about washing your hands, avoiding others when you cough and ensuring that you remain out of the path of those with a sore throat is a great way to reduce the spread of contagions.

Shower Regularly

You’re going to get things on your body that you didn’t realize were there. Showering on a daily basis can definitely help your body remain clean of germs.

Increase The Strength of Your Own Immune System

Eating healthy and exercising regularly increase the health of your own immune system, which in turn helps you to ward off germs. As you ward off germs, you remain healthy, and they die; meaning you can literally be the last stop on the influenza train. The flu gets to you, and can get no further. By being healthy, you can actually help others keep from getting sick, simply because you aren’t as liable to transmit a dead disease. That said, some people are definitely carriers; that’s where the term “typhoid Mary” comes from. They aren’t susceptible to sickness, though it can live in and on them for some reason. So be sure you’re remaining clean and sensitive to the varying health conditions of others.

Avoid High-Risk Areas

Surrogate parks for shopping centers. Watch Netflix instead of going to the movies–at least during flu season. Any areas where people are packed in like sardines are necessarily going to be breeding grounds for germs of various kinds. You’re in a difficult spot if you work in a public office. In such scenarios, it makes sense to keep hand-sanitizer on your desk. Not antibacterial solutions, just the stuff with the gelled alcohol. The antibacterial sanitizer is making people susceptible to super-bugs, and also uses some pretty toxic chemicals.

Staying Germ-Free

Germ evasion protocols include:

  • Being Conscientious About Public Hygiene
  • Showering Regularly
  • Eating Healthy/Exercising To Increase Immune System Health
  • Avoiding High-Risk Areas

Ensure that you be mindful of your public interactions. If you protect yourself, you’ll help to protect others against sickness.

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Foods to Help Prevent the Flu

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What comes to your mind when someone mentions the influenza virus? The flu shot? Some hand sanitizers and tissues? Well. I won’t blame you. Many people have grown to relate the battle against the flu to vaccination, hygiene and bed rest. While these are powerful ways to combat the irritating flu, there’s more you can do to give your body a better fighting chance – eating the right food.

Your immune system will always be as strong as you are healthy. It follows that having a balanced diet will boost your resistance to pathogens hence improving your chances of shrugging off the flu faster. Even though all balanced diets are a good start, there are other power foods that will give you the best flu resistance.

Eat Your Carrots

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene. Once you get beta-carotene into your body, it is broken down into vitamin A that boosts your T-cells count hence boosting your immunity. The good thing with carrots is you can snack on a raw carrot stick or make it part of side dishes. Just remember not to overcook the carrots as this will lower their nutritious levels.

Some Garlic

Adding garlic to your main dishes, be it pasta or meat will give you a fair dose of sulfur. Sulfur is toxic to viruses when consumed in small and safe dosages. Apart from this, it will help prevent the sickness associated with the flu. Since sulfur is so potent, eating it in an edible food is better than consuming it in the form of an artificial supplement.

Ginger for the Nausea

The influenza virus might have more side effects than the stuff nose and a throbbing headache. Sometimes, it could extend into vomiting and nausea. Ginger components, for instance galanolactone, interact with your nervous system and prompt it to release more serotonin. The serotonin will in turn reduce your nausea.

Citrus Fruits Like Oranges and Lemons

Citric fruits are full of vitamin C (citric acid), a strong antioxidant that is good at fighting free radicals in your body. While the jury is still out on the effects of vitamin C to your flu, its overall impact on your health and your immune systems are too much to overlook. You can also find your vitamin C in berries, leafy greens, broccoli and cauliflower.

Dark Chocolate is good

Nursing your flu shouldn’t be all dull and boring. If you have a sweet tooth, you can maximize on the high amounts of cocoa found in dark chocolate. The cocoa facilitates the fast growth of T-cells that will in turn bolster your body’s ability to fight the infection. Just be keen not to overdo the chocolate as too much sugar might not be good to you in the long run. A few squares a day should do the trick.

Salmon and Sardines

Fish are a great source of Omega 3 that is another crucial ingredient in the making of a stronger immune system. Couple this with the vitamin D you will get from the sardines and you get the perfect pathogen fighting machine. The vitamin D plays an important role in regulating your immune system and immune cell receptors.

The right diet and a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to activate your body’s natural immunity. This is very important since most of the times people recover from the flu once it runs a full cycle and the body eradicates it on its own. The best thing you can do is bolster your immunity to give it the extra punch it needs to win.

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Buy Your Flu Vaccines Now

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Buying flu vaccines can pertain to you as a recipient of the flu shot or the location which is giving out vaccinations. In any event, injection sites must order early, and you must call them as soon as possible to see if they received their vaccination supply.

Why do I have to buy my flu vaccine as soon as possible?

Buy your flu vaccine as soon as the supply of vaccines arrive at the site you are going to get vaccinated because the times when the flu strikes an area of the United States is unpredictable.

According to the CDC, the flu season usually begins during October and continues through May, with December and March being the months that a majority of people catch the flu.

Buy your flu shot as soon as possible assures you that your site is not going to run out of their supply before you have a chance to get your injection.

If your site runs out of serum, they will have to reorder, and there are no guarantees that the manufacturer will have enough vaccines on hand to refill an order.

Get your flu shot as soon as the supply arrives at your vaccination site. Your vaccination does not immediately protect you from getting the flu. It takes about two weeks for the vaccination to circulate through your bloodstream which is why you need that vaccination as soon as possible.

If you buy your vaccination during the peak flu season and it takes two weeks to circulate in your body, there are no guarantees you will not contract the flu.

Why must flu vaccination sites order early?

All flu injection sites need to order supplies of flu vaccines as soon as possible mid to late summer. Manufacturers release lu vaccines sometime in September.

Ordering vaccine supplies early clinics have supplies ahead of the flu season. All an injection site can do is estimate the number of people that came through their doors the previous year.

The timing of just when the flu season starts is highly unpredictable. Much of this timing depends on the part of the country you live.

More than often flu season starts in October and continues throughout May. December and March see a high peaking of flu cases according to the CDC.

Young children and older seniors over the age of 65 years are more susceptible to getting the flu.

  • A depressed immunity
  • COPD
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Chronic Pneumonia
  • Lung Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Depressed Immunity Issues,

And more, need to get a flu vaccination as soon as supply is available. Call your location to check and see if vaccines are available and get your shot as early as possible.

Your vaccination does not immediately protect you from coming down with the flu as it takes two weeks from the date you got your shot for the serum to circulate in your bloodstream.

If you have flu signs and symptoms see a practitioner as soon as possible. To tell if you have the actual flu the practitioner must do a nasal swab. This nasal swab is pain-free and takes only seconds.

Not everyone who has flu signs and symptoms has the actual flu. It is for this reason that CDC recommends testing. If you have signs and symptoms of the flu and you do not get tested, you never know if you had a true “flu.”

The flu is a serious virus that you need not take lightly. Protect yourself with a flu vaccination as soon as supplies reach your injection location.

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Causes of Cardiac Arrest

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Causes of Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac arrest occurs when you suddenly collapse without warning. At this point, your blood supply to the brain among other organs is cut short, and your heart stops beating. Within a short while, you will also lack a pulse and stop breathing.

What Causes Cardiac Arrest?

Most cardiac arrest cases are caused by an abnormal heart rhythm. During this period, the electrical activity of the heart becomes chaotic, and therefore the heart cannot afford to pump blood to the rest of the body. The following heart conditions also aggravate cardiac arrests:

  • Marfan syndrome – This is an inherited disorder which may cause some parts of your heart to stretch which weakens it.
  • Heart birth defects/ congenital heart disease – This is popular in children and adolescents. You are at a higher risk of getting cardiac arrest if you were born with a heart condition. Surgeries to correct these defects do not guarantee that you evade cardiac arrest.
  • Valvular heart disease – If your heart valves are leaking or narrowing, your heart muscles will thicken or stretch or both. A tight or leaking valve will cause stress that enlarges or weakens the chambers of the heart that will make you susceptible to arrhythmia.
  • Brugada syndrome and Long QT syndrome – These are disorders that interfere with the electrical system of the heart and lead to abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Coronary artery disease – heart disease is known to be the most common cause of cardiac arrest among people older than 35 years. If you have this condition, your arteries will become clogged with cholesterol which results in reduced blood flow to your heart. Eventually, your heart will experience difficulties in conducting electrical impulses.
  • Heart attack – You may suffer a heart attack due to severe coronary artery disease which triggers ventricular fibrillation and cardiac arrest. Moreover, a heart attack is more likely to leave behind areas of scar tissue. There will be abnormalities in your heart rhythm caused by electrical short circuits around the scar tissue
  • Cardiomyopathy – This condition weakens your heart by thickening or enlarging its muscles. This may result in potential arrhythmias and heart tissue damage.

Risk Factors

It’s vital to understand the risk factors of cardiac arrest to take precaution. Since cardiac arrest is often intertwined with coronary artery disease, they share the same risk factors. These include:

  • Diabetes
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • A family history of cardiac arrest
  • High blood pressure

Other factors that may elevate your risk of cardiac arrest include:

  • Being male – men are three times more likely to experience cardiac arrest
  • Age – the risk increases with age (riskier for men above 45 years and women above 55 years old)
  • Use of illegal drugs – includes such drugs as amphetamines and cocaine
  • Nutritional imbalance, such as low magnesium or potassium levels
  • A previous heart attack or cardiac arrest
  • A personal history of other forms of heart disease, such as heart failure, heart rhythm disorders, cardiomyopathy, and congenital heart defects
  • Family history of cardiac arrest

Every second counts in cardiac arrest cases. Therefore, you can survive cardiac arrest by taking quick action. If you experience sudden shortness of breath, chest pain and discomfort in your back, arms, jaw or neck, call 911 immediately. For victims, CPR should be done immediately so that blood can circulate to the brain and other organs. They should then be treated with an automated external defibrillator (AED). The electric shock from the AED will help restore a normal rhythm to the heart.

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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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