Fighting the Flu

Influenza, better known as The flu, is not like the common cold.  It often feels worse, lasts longer and is actually potentially deadly to the elderly, young and those with chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.

The number one key to prevention is frequent hand washing with soap and water or alcohol based sanitizer.

The number one flu treatment is rest.

Number two is Quarantine.  If you have the flu, you must to stay away from others until your symptoms resolve.  You do not want to be responsible for someone’s illness or death.

Although Tamiflu is often prescribed for the Flu, research has shown that it is only modestly helpful.  It will not cure you, but it may lessen the duration of symptoms by a day. It is more helpful in preventing the spread of flu in an outbreak.

Antibiotics are useless against the Flu.  They may be prescribed for secondary infections like pneumonia.

Symptom control can be helped by Acetaminophen (Tylenol) of Ibuprofen (Advil) and other over the counter drugs.

If you get the Flu, containing your sneezes and tissues will protect those around you.  Hand washing or sanitizing also goes a long way to limit the spread of the Flu.

Since there is little your doctor can do for you beyond what you can buy for yourself, and by coming to the office you risk spreading the Flu to those less healthy than yourself, if you call the office, you may be asked to stay home.   You should seek medical help if your fever and other symptoms do not improve.

If Flu hits your area, get the flu shot.  It can help prevent or lessen an infection.  Better yet, get a flu shot before it hits.