Supplements like vitamin C, echinacea, elderberry, ginseng and zinc all have shown some promise in fighting the flu.
An infected person can spread the disease to others from up to six feet away, according to the CDC. "So it's really important that people who have contact with these young babies or live in households with these young babies get their flu shot", says Dr Duwell. However, recent studies suggest that e-cigarette vapor can impair the lungs' natural ability to fight viral infections such as the flu.
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Colds tend to come on gradually, while the flu seems to strike quickly and out of the blue. Typically unbowed by illness, he said, he gained a healthy respect for the devastating effects of the flu virus. In some cases, people also experience a sore throat or coughing. Her team also tracks how many people were diagnosed with flu, but not admitted to a hospital.
While data is still emerging, e-cigarette use may increase the risk for flu and certainly worsen respiratory symptoms if one does contract the virus. Getting vaccinated is the best defense against the flu, but it takes a couple of weeks after vaccination for the body to build immunity.
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"One of the biggest misconceptions that we deal with every single day is they say is "I get the flu shot and then I get the flu" and you can not physically get the flu from the flu shot", said Brucken. Go to your doctor please.
This declaration initiates a state regulation that will require healthcare professionals who are not vaccinated for influenza to wear masks in areas where patients are present. "Although, we're still expecting it to be a moderate season, and we're still expecting it to peak in December or January, so it's not too late to get your vaccination".
NY officials have declared that the flu is "prevalent" in the state. Frequently wash your hands and disinfect surfaces, and don't touch your eyes, mouth and nose.
Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.