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Protect Yourself from the Flu

November 11, 2019

(classical music)>>The flu is one of
the respiratory viruses that causes disease every year in the fall and winter
and early spring months. Flu season or respiratory virus season usually starts sometime
in October or November and it can stretch anytime
through the early spring months and sometimes even as
late as April and May. (classical music) The flu virus is easily
transmitted person to person through coughing, sneezing
and unwashed hands. Particularly when people are indoors in close proximity to each other, flu and other respiratory
viruses are easily transmitted quite quickly through populations. (classical music) Some people think that all
kinds of head colds are the flu, but the flu is actually a specific disease that is caused by a
virus and causes symptoms of fever, headache,
sore throat, body aches and some gastrointestinal symptoms. It can be quite severe
and even fatal at times. (classical music)>>We do have an antiviral medicine that we can use to treat influenza. It can be given and it
works best if you take it early in the course of your
illness so shortly after you develop the first
symptoms of influenza. We especially consider
it in people at high risk of complications like
young children or elderly. What’s most important when you get flu is that you rest, drink lots of fluids and take medicines to
help control your fever. (classical music)>>The influenza virus can infect anyone, but some of the most
vulnerable populations are the very young, the very old and people who have
underlying health conditions. (classical music)>>So the most important
protection against influenza is the influenza vaccine. In addition to that
though people need to be very smart in the winter. We need to use good respiratory etiquette so if you’re sick you
need to cover your mouth, cough into your sleeve. You need to wash your hands really well, recognize the people around
you that have a fever or sneezing or coughing can be contagious and can get you sick so try
to avoid people that are sick. And if you are in their presence, make sure they’re covering their mouth using good respiratory etiquette and that they’re washing
their hands a lot. (classical music) The recommendation is that
anyone over six months of age get the influenza vaccine every year. The vaccine works usually very well. There are some seasons where
the vaccine has a mismatch, meaning what we put into the vaccine doesn’t match that well against
the strains of influenza that are in the community. It’s a little hard to predict that before we get the vaccine. We usually learn more about
that after we get the vaccine. But the vaccine is still
the best method that we have to protect people against influenza. Usually any vaccine will
give some protection. There are always gonna be
some people that get influenza despite getting the vaccine, but the vaccine does protect against severe influenza and death so we strongly encourage all people to get the influenza vaccine every year. (classical music)

1 Comment

  • Reply Jamie Park November 4, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I’ve already gotten it before watching this.

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