How To Deal With The Flu The Right Way



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FLU OR INFLUENZA, WHATEVER YOU CALL IT,  READY OR NOT FLU SEASON IS HERE.

TIS THE SEASON FOR FLU, HEAD COLDS AND SNOTTY NOSES, AS WELL AS SANTA CLAUS AND HO HO HO’S! I WANT TO SHARE SOME INFORMATION WITH YOU ABOUT FLU PREVENTION AND TREATMENT. WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW REGARDING THE FLU.

HOW QUICKLY YOU GET WELL OR PREVENT THE FLU DEPENDS A LOT ON HOW WELL WE TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES BEFORE WE ARE EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS. EAT YOUR FRUITS, VEGETABLES, PROTEIN AND DAIRY, TAKE A WALK, DRINK LOTS OF WATER. YOU KNOW ALL THE THINGS MODERN MEDICINE HAS BEEN TELLING US FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS.

WHAT IS THE FLU OR INFLUENZA?

IT IS A VIRUS THAT IS PASSED THROUGH THE AIR BY COUGHING, SNEEZING AND CLOSE CONTACT. IT ENTERS THE BODY BY NOSE OR MOUTH AND TAKES 1 – 4 DAYS TO “HATCH” A GOOD CASE OF THE FLU.

ANYONE AND EVERYONE IS ABLE TO CATCH THE FLU. IT IS USUALLY NOT TOLERATED WELL BY SMALL CHILDREN, THE ELDERLY, PREGNANT WOMEN AND THOSE WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS. THEY JUST DON’T RECOVER AS QUICKLY AS YOUR AVERAGE HEALTHY ADULT.

SYMPTOMS OF FLU LIKELY INCLUDES FEVER, ACHING MUSCLES AND JOINTS, RUNNY NOSE, COUGHING, STUFFY NOSE, SORE THROAT, CHILLS AND EXTREME TIREDNESS. IF YOU HAVE CHRONIC DISEASES, FLU CAN MAKE YOU MUCH WORSE AND MAY NEED HOSPITALIZATION.

COMPLICATIONS OF THE FLU CAN BE PNEUMONIA, CROUP, EAR INFECTIONS, FEBRILE (FEVER) SEIZURES AND REYE'S SYNDROME (SWELLING OF THE LIVER AND BRAIN AMONG OTHER COMPLICATIONS).

FLU SHOT OR NO FLU SHOT?

THERE IS A NEW “FLU SHOT” EACH YEAR. THE CDC (CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL IN ATLANTA, GA) RESEARCHES TO SEE WHAT STRAINS OF FLU ARE EXPECTED TO HIT THE USA. THEY LOOK AT FLU SEASON IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND DEVELOP VACCINES TO PREVENT US, IN THE USA, FROM GETTING THE FLU.
THE FLU SHOTS USUALLY HAVE 3 OR 4 STRAINS OF FLU PREVENTION IN THEM. THESE ARE “DEAD VIRUSES”. THEY CANNOT MAKE YOU TO GET THE FLU, ALTHOUGH YOU MAY HAVE A LOW GRADE FEVER OR MUSCLE ACHES WHILE YOU ARE DEVELOPING THE ANTIBODIES TO PROTECT YOU FROM THE FLU.
YOU MAY STILL GET A MILD CASE OF THE FLU IF YOUR RESISTANCE IS DOWN OR YOU HAVE CHRONIC DISEASES YOUR BODY IS ALREADY FIGHTING.
FLU VACCINES CAN BE GIVEN TO ANYONE 6 MONTHS OLD AND OLDER. THERE ARE GUIDELINES FOR EACH AGE GROUP YOUR PROVIDER WILL USE.

WHEN YOU GET THE FLU SHOT, IT TAKES 2 WEEKS FOR YOUR BODY TO BUILD ANTIBODIES (INFECTION FIGHTERS) TO PROTECT YOU FROM THE FLU. SO, IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN EXPOSED TO THE FLU OR GET EXPOSED RIGHT AFTER GETTING THE SHOT……..YOU MAY GET THE FLU.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE THE FLU

Just Add That IF YOU GET THE FLU, THERE ARE MEDICATIONS AVAILABLE FROM YOUR PROVIDER, CALLED ANTIVIRALS ( TAMIFLU). THE SOONER YOU GO TO YOUR PROVIDER OR WALK IN CLINIC AND GET THESE MEDICINES STARTED, THE MORE THEY WILL HELP YOU GET WELL QUICKER.

ONCE YOU HAVE THE FLU, STAY HOME!  DO NOT GO TO WORK OR SHOPPING TO CONTINUE TO SPREAD THE DISEASE!  TRY READING A GOOD BOOK AT HOME OR CURL UP ON THE COUCH AT HOME.

GET PLENTY OF REST AND FLUIDS. TAKE OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS FOR FEVER AND DISCOMFORTS. TAKE YOUR MEDICATION PRESCRIBED TO YOU BY YOUR PROVIDER-----EXACTLY HOW IT IS PRESCRIBED BY YOUR PROVIDER.

YOU CANNOT TAKE YOUR MEDICATIONS RANDOMLY AND THEN GET MAD BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT WORKING WELL.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. FREQUENT HAND WASHING. COUGH AND SNEEZE INTO A TISSUE AND THROW IT AWAY, NOT IN YOUR POCKET OR ON THE FLOOR FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO PICK UP AND BE EXPOSED.

ALWAYS SEEK MORE INFORMATION FROM YOUR PROVIDER. LOOK  AT CDC.GOV FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON DISEASES.

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