The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reports that flu is widespread in all states except Hawaii. Most cases reported are Influenza A type H2N2. In the last week there were 9 pediatric deaths. 8.2% of all deaths were due to influenza plus pneumonia.
How do you protect yourself from the flu:
- Get the flu shot now! It is not too late. The flu shot cannot give you the flu. It is indicated for EVERYONE over the age of 6 months. Babies and the elderly are particularly vulnerable.
- If you are in close personal contact with someone who has been diagnosed with influenza, consider taking Tamiflu (an antiviral medication) for 10 days.
- If you get the flu and it has been less than 48 hours, Tamiflu for 5 days can help reduce the duration of the flu.
- If you get the flu, stay away from the vulnerable (babies, pregnant women and the elderly)and consider wearing a mask.
Flu shot myths:
“I took the flu shot and it gave me the flu”. FALSE. The flu shot cannot give you the flu. There is nothing infectious in it. It is not a live virus. If you got the flu shot and still got the flu it was because the vaccine may only be 60% effective in prevention.
“I don’t believe in flu shots because I don’t get the flu”. False. Anyone can get the flu. If you get it you can spread it. Think of your parents or grandparents or young children who might get it from you. The elderly and babies (especially those less than 6 mos) can die from it.
“The flu shot causes autism”. FALSE. This false notion was promulgated by a gastroenterologist in Britain. He was totally discredited for falsely representing data in the Lancet and his license was revoked.
BOTTOM LINE: PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS. GET THE FLU SHOT.
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David G. Wilson, M.D.