The Influenza: A Flu Season

The flu season is started early this year. Many cases of A& B are already found positive. The flu is a viral illness that recovers itself over the past 5-7 days. There is preventional vaccination which won’t cover all the strands of the virus but it reduces the incidents and complications. The flu could be fatal if left untreated. Don’t ignore the Influenza. Tamiflu works only if is started within 48 hrs. It reduces symptoms for one day. The side effects of Tamiflu is also very bitter. Treatment of flu is mainly supportive such as Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Rest, and Fluid. Drink water as much as you can do unless your doctor has restrict your water consumption.

Each person can have different symptoms of the flu such as fever, body aches, cough, rhinorrhea, sneezing, vomiting, and diarrhea etc.

I get flu shot every year but I still get sick with flu symptoms. especially in the holiday season, you don’t like to cough, sneeze, unpleasant body aches, vomiting, and fever. The family gathering is are very important but try to avoid it if you are sick. to avoid the transmission, it is important to wash your hands, cover your cough and sneeze, and keep the distance of three feet.

It is a communicable illness that spreads quickly. CDC has recorded 45 million cases of flu, 21 million medical visits due to flu, 810, 000 influenza hospitalization, and 61,000 influenza-related deaths. this year, 170.1 million vaccination was provided to prevent the flu.
The flu season is just started and it has already claimed 3.7 million flu cases, 32000 hospitalizations, and 1800 deaths from the flu. CDC data is not completely relevant because many people don’t go to the doctor. At the peak level, we even stop testing for the flu. We just prescribe the medication because it overwhelms the laboratory staff and delayed the patients’ care. Sometimes, there is not enough supply to test everybody for the flu.

Flu can be fatal for everybody. High-risk population includes, under six months children and over 65 years adults, pregnant women, immunocompromised patients, Diabetes, Cancer, children with neurological conditions, and asthma.

Hospitalization is necessary if fever is uncontrolled, unable to drink enough fluid. Uncontrolled fever and dehydration may lead to septicemia, the renal failure, fatal neurological, cardiac, and respiratory conditions that leads to multi-organ failure.

It is not late yet. Get your flu vaccination if you have not done it already. I get my flu vaccination every year at the end of Sept or early Oct. Many pharmacies provide vaccination at very low cost. You don’t require prescription to get vaccinated. Your primary care doctor can also provide you a flu vaccination. All kinds of insurance companies cover the flu vaccination. All public health departments provide flu vaccination. Tamiflu can be taken as a preventional but it is expensive and many insurance companies refuse to pay for it. The emergency department doesn’t provide the vaccination but most welcome to stop if anybody suffers from the flu. I and my co-workers are very liberal to prescribe Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Tamiflu, and 1 week off from work. I bless all of you guys happy holidays without the flu.

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