As you may be aware the Flu season for 2018 is becoming a pervasive pandemic. It is spreading like wild wire and we want to give you some tips on how to keep your family healthy. Also, stem the spread of the contagion. The flu season began in October 2017 and there have been almost 40 confirmed deaths due to Influenza including children reported by the CDC. As of January 2018, there are approximately 12,000 confirmed cases in the US and rising. There are several strains of flu; Flu A, Flu B, and Influenza.
How to protect yourself. The number one thing to remember is to wash your hands. Avoid touching your face, mouth, and nasal areas without having clean hands. Most viruses spread by contact with surfaces such as counter tops and doorknobs. Make sure you are disinfecting your household daily. Use cleaning products such as bleach and Lysol which help to kill viruses. Secondly, get your flu shot. Everyone 6 months and older it is recommended by the CDC to get one. However, you should be aware that the vaccine is approximately 30% effective against the strain that is circulating this year. However, do not get the flu shot if you are already sick or have a weakened immune system.
Eat lots of fruits and dark green vegetables to get the vitamin C and zinc the body needs. Take multivitamins to help boost your immune system. You can also try taking over the counter vitamin C and zinc capsules or Emergen C. Drink lots of orange and apple juice. Exercising and detoxing can help cleanse the body of any toxins the body may be harboring.
Signs and symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, cough, runny nose, malaise, headaches, body aches, vomiting, and diarrhea. Most people will have mild symptoms and fully recover within 2 weeks. However, others derive more severe complications such as bronchitis or pneumonia. Other problems include sinus, ear infections, and asthma attacks. Those at higher risk for flu complications include children younger than 5 years. Adults older than 65 years. Pregnant women up to 2 weeks postpartum are also vulnerable. Those with chronic cardiac diseases, endocrine disorders (diabetes, liver, kidneys), asthma, obesity, weakened immune system HIV, and individuals that live in long-term care facilities.
If you believe you have the flu or been diagnosed stay home and get lots of rest. Avoid contact with people. The flu generally can be treated at home with herbal remedies such as cod liver oil, lemon with honey, ginger, herbal teas. Over the counter cold and flu medications help to alleviate symptoms. Eating lots of fruits and dark green vegetables to get the vitamin C and zinc the body needs. Keep hydrated drinking water, Gatorade, Pedialyte, Ensure, Boost, or any supplemental drink or smoothie. Also, try to eat light soups. Good old fashion chicken noodle soup never fails. But you need to keep your strength up.
When to come in for medical care to see a physician? If your child is breathing fast, blue in color, not drinking or eating, irritable, fever continues to get worse despite treatment (Tylenol, Ibuprofen), or rash. For adults, difficulty breathing, chest pain or pressure, sudden dizziness, confusion, persistent vomiting, and fever that persists despite treatment (Tylenol, Ibuprofen). The physician may prescribe Tamiflu to relieve symptoms.
We hope this article was helpful in educating you on this year’s flu pandemic. Our goal here at Naturally Me is healthy families. Prevention is always better than cure. Till Next.