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 over the past 5-7 days. There is preventional vaccination which won’t cover all the strands of the virus but reduces the incidents and complications. The flu could be fatal if it becomes complicated. Don’t ignore the Influenza. Tamiflu works only if it is started within 48 hrs. It reduces symptoms for one or two days. The side effects of Tamiflu are also very bitter. Treatment of flu is mainly supportive such as Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Rest, and Fluid. Drink water as much as you can unless your doctor has restricted your water consumption.

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

I get a flu shot every year, but I still get sick with flu symptoms. Especially during 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 transmission, it is important to wash your hands, cover your cough and sneeze, and keep a distance of three feet.

It is a communicable illness that spreads quickly. CDC has recorded 45 million flu cases, 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 prescribe the medication because it overwhelms the laboratory staff and delays patient care. Sometimes, there is not enough supply to test everybody for the flu.

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

Hospitalization is necessary if the fever is uncontrolled, unable to drink enough fluid. Uncontrolled fever and dehydration may lead to septicemia, renal failure, and fatal neurological, cardiac, and respiratory conditions that lead 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 a very low cost. You don’t require a 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. My co-workers and I 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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