Flu Outbreak A Quick Reminder From Senior Care Experts

This year’s flu season is developing to be the worst in the last couple of decades – with the CDC already recording extensive outbreaks across the country.

While anyone can be affected by the viral illness, seniors are at greater risk as they’re much more susceptible to the virus and serious flu-related health complications which may lead into hospitalization or even death. More than 50% of flu-related hospitalization and 90% of the reported flu-related are people age 65 and above.

Flu is really dangerous for seniors, and the government is becoming more and more concerned about this season’s outbreak. Jeff Huber, franchiser and president of Home Instead Senior Care, says “We encourage seniors and their families to take extra precautions to protect themselves from the virus.”

To fight the widespread viral illness, senior care experts highly recommend:

Seniors to get their flu shot: flu vaccine remains the best first-line of defense against the deadly virus, which is why experts still strongly encourage seniors, especially those who come in contact with seniors regularly, to get the shot if they haven’t done it yet. There’s no need to worry about the price for the flu shot, as Medicare covers one vaccine for every season of flu.

Practice good hygiene, wash hands frequently and properly – frequent hand washing, especially after sneezing or coughing, or using of hand sanitizers of anti-bacterial alcohol can keep help virus at bay.

Cover up when coughing and sneezing – many people don’t know this, but droplets and mist from cough or sneeze can travel up to 6 feet. Don’t help spread the virus, cover your cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue and dispose it properly, immediately. If you don’t have a tissue with you, then cover your mouth with your elbow, not with your hands.

Stay indoors often – Save yourself from acquiring the virus by staying away from the virus, meaning, stay away from the crowded places like community events and shopping centers as much as possible during an outbreak.

Avoid contact with affected people – flu is a virus, thus it’s contagious. Stay away from people suffering from flu as much as possible.

Get enough rest – stress will cause chemical imbalances in your body, which would lead into depletion of your immune system. Make sure you rest well and eat well. Safeguard your health with the right nutrients to boost your immune system. Eat food rich in vitamin C, D and B complex and improve your health through regular exercise.

If exhibiting symptoms of flu, especially the seniors, visit your doctor immediately and ask for medication (antiviral medication such as Tamiflu) to alleviate the symptoms and help the body beat the virus and recover.

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Flu Warning Signs

Flu season arrived with no signs of mercy this year as America set out a series of medical emergencies in over 40 states as more and more people became afflicted by the virus. Hundreds of people were being admitted to hospitals in just 5 weeks since the start of the flu season and several death due to flu complications have been reported. This has led a lot of people searching for signs of this dreaded disease. And to help you and many others deal with the flu at the earliest possible time we at flu2013.com offers a list of signs that tells you that you or your love one has caught the flu virus.

Before we show you the flu warnings signs it is important to know that it will take up to a week for the flu virus to really affect our bodies. After that you will see the following signs:

  • Fever with body temperature 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more
  • Common respiratory problems such as cold and cough
  • Clogged and runny nose
  • Migraine accompanied by muscle pains
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills and Fatigue

The usual first sign is the respiratory problems which can be cough then cold or the opposite. This can then be treated by common flu medications like BioFlu, Tamiflu and Relenza. These are good drugs that will help deal with flu at the early stage.

The warning signs that everyone should know about are the flu symptoms that occur 5 days since the onset of the symptoms listed above. These early symptoms are expected to disappear within 5 days.

The warning signs vary between a child and an adult. But there are signs that are common to both.

Warning signs in both adults and children

  • Return of flu symptoms such as fever and cough but more severe this time
  • Abnormal breathing
  • Persistent vomiting

Warning signs in children

  • No tears when crying
  • Increased irritability
  • Skin color becomes bluish
  • Skin rash
  • Decrease in physical interaction

Warning signs in adults

  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness and confusion

Once you see these signs it is now time to rush yourself or your love one to the doctor or the hospital. Chest and abdominal pains are critical symptoms that can lead to death if not treated immediately. For children, the change in skin color means that the breathing trouble that they are experiencing is now causing hypoxia. This is a condition where the oxygen in the blood is so low that it is no longer enough for the entire body. When this happens while you have the flu organs would weaken further making them more susceptible to the onslaught of the virus. It can also lead to more complications in the respiratory system which already have problems providing oxygen to the body. For older adults, this can easily lead to death.

It will take a good amount of observation to notice these warning signs 5 days after verifying that you or your love one has the flu. Vigilance is required.

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Americans Struck Hard by Flu Season

US is now in flu season as over 40 states have several cases of individuals suffering from the disease. But the Center for Disease Control and Protection was caught by surprise by this early than normal flu epidemic. They expected widespread flu infection to occur in late January to early February since this was the pattern for decades. This time it is possible that the flu season is the worst Americans will face. And it is not even peak season yet.

 

A total of 108 individuals were confirmed to have die due to flu related complications in 6 states alone. CDC has also confirm that 42 states have several cases of patients suffering from flu with several areas hit hard all throughout the Midwest, East and South. The Southwest and West continue to remain unaffected by the flu season. About 29 states have reported severe flu cases among children, the elderly and even on employees of hospitals.

 

The city of Boston was among the first cities to declare a state of public health emergency as Massachusetts suffered 18 deaths due to the flu virus. The state of Massachusetts is one of the 29 states that are having severe flu breakouts in the US as of today. Oklahoma has also recorded a total of 345 flu patients were 8 of them have died due to complications. That is an increase of 2 deaths since last week when 6 people with flu were reported to have died. The state of Minnesota did worst. A total of 23 deaths due to the flu virus was reported by the state Health Department on the first week of January. Minnesota also has one of the largest number of flu-related hospitalizations this season with numbers reaching 1,121.

 

The US economy is also feeling the attack of the Influenza virus.

 

Several offices were empty trying to disinfect the workplace as more and more employees started showing signs of the flu left work to see their doctors. Classes were also suspended in several cities to protect the children from the virus. Productivity went down drastically on 42 states so fast that the economic outlook for the first quarter is expected to be negative. The US flu season officially started on the 3rd week of December last year. 5 weeks into the flu season and the CDC has recorded 2,257 hospital admittance due to flu. The number is expected to grow until flu season finally ends.

 

The CDC is expecting the number of cases to go up further in the following weeks as the flu season starts to peak. With that they also expecting the death toll to go up further. CDC will be releasing a report on the total number of deaths due to flu on Friday for the first 5 weeks of the flu season.

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FAQ

What is flu?

Flu or influenza is an infectious disease that usually affects mammals and birds.

What causes flu?

This infectious disease is caused by RNA viruses specifically of the Orthomyxoviridae family commonly called influenza viruses.

How will I know if a person has flu?

A person who has flu usually experiences some of the following symptoms: fatigue, coughing, headache, muscle pains, sore throat, fever, chills and general discomfort. When a person is experiencing these symptoms, there is a big chance that he/she has flu.

Some of the symptoms mentioned are also symptoms of common colds. How will I know the difference?

Flu is often mistaken for cold because of the running nose and sneezing symptoms. However, there are differences between flu and common colds that help in distinguishing the two. When you have flu, there’s a big chance that you’ll also have fever. You won’t have fever when you have common colds. You also feel exhausted when you have flu which may not be true when you have common colds.

If flu is contagious, how is it transmitted from one person to another?

Just like common colds, you get the disease from the infected person through direct contact such as sharing of personal stuff like spoon, fork and towel. When you know a person who is infected, don’t share personal stuff with him. Keep away also from infected persons who don’t cover their mouth when they sneeze. When you stand in front of the infected person when they sneeze, there’s a big chance that you’ll be affected with flu.

How do you treat flu?

Flu is a viral disease and has no cure. The treatment that will be applied depends on the symptoms of the ailment. If you have nasal or sinus blockage, take a decongestant to minimize the blockage. You may also try to use a nasal spray that can be bought over-the-counter. Saline spray is also good for blocked nasal passages.

If you have running nose and watery eyes, you can treat this with antihistamine. However, you need to be extra careful when combining antihistamine with decongestant. There are brands that have reactions when combined. Always consult your doctor when trying to treat the symptoms of flu.

What can I do to prevent flu?

There are many ways that protect you from having flu. First, have a healthy lifestyle. Always eat healthy and nutritious food. Have plenty of rest and exercise regularly. Minimize consumption of alcoholic drinks and when possible quit smoking.

Protect yourself from germs. Wash your hands regularly. When you know someone who has flu, as much as possible avoid contact. Don’t try to share personal items with the person who has flu.

You can also try flu vaccine. The government recommends this especially before the flu season.

Is flu vaccine safe?

The government has endorsed the use of flu vaccine however there have been reports that relate miscarriage and flu vaccine. There are those that say that miscarriages have spiked with the use of flu vaccine. To be safe, pregnant women and children should refrain from using flu vaccine. Aside from this issue, flu vaccine is relatively safe.

Read more about the current flu season in the US…

Influenza Cases In U.S. Continues To Rise This Month

The season of flu is still in motion in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in the United States. Here’s the latest report, along with few tips to keep you from this wintertime sickness:

The latest update shows another big leap in the number of reported cases as of the second week of December this year. Presently, there are already 29 states reporting a widespread activity of the virus throughout its population, which includes Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. This is 11 more states than last week, and more than half of the country being widely affected.

12 more states, including the states of Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Washington, are reporting some regional activities of the virus.

Local flu activity also includes Columbia District and 5 more states, namely Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, and Oregon.

Meanwhile, California, Hawaii and Vermont are reporting sporadic influenza activities, while Delaware, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands didn’t report any cases this week.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) still emphasize the importance of the flu vaccine, and that the flu shot is still out best defense to keep the deadly virus at bay. The CDC recommends everyone, over 6 months of age, to get the shot and be immunized. The flu shot in circulation today was derived from three strains of flu virus, one strain is new for this season’s vaccine.

Despite CDC’s constant reminder, many people are still hesitant to take the flu shot, thinking that it can, cause them to sickness. It’s important to note that, though the vaccine may cause some flu-like side effects to particular sets of people, such as mild fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and runny nose, it does not give the body the flu. Rather, it teaches the body to fight and beat the flu virus should the real one comes a close.

Flu shots however, aren’t for everyone, such as patients below 6 months of age and pregnant women. Those who can’t take the vaccine are advised to take extra measures in taking care of their health and minimize the risk for contracting the virus of lessen its symptoms, such as avoiding close contact to sick or flu-affected individuals, avoiding other people when sick, staying at home from school or work when experiencing flu or flu-like symptoms, washing hands frequently, covering mouth and nose when coughing and/or sneezing, and avoid touching noise or mouth and the eyes.

Government versus Experts – Conflict of Information on Flu Vaccines

Government health agencies in the US are recommending flu vaccinations before peak flu season. But medical experts are singing a different tune. There is now a demand from experts demanding the government’s policy on flu shots. Government employees are mandated to take the vaccine or face possible termination. This mandate came months after several health issues reported on the dangerous side effects of the flu vaccine.

The main medical issue found against the flu shot is the scientific confirmation that it can increase the chances of miscarriage. The study was published online by the Journal of Human and Experimental Toxicology last September 2012 showing a huge spike in miscarriages after the administering the flu vaccine.

But despite this study, government health agencies like the CDC are encouraging people, even pregnant women, to take the flu vaccine in preparation for the coming flu season. This creates a huge question mark regarding the opposing message coming from the medical experts and the government.

This is not the only dangers coming from the flu vaccine. Back in 2010, the same government health agencies confirmed that the vaccine can cause the dreaded Guillain-Barre syndrome. It is a nerve disease that causes paralysis. However, this did not stop them from recommending the vaccine. Experts are now wondering why the government is going on a different direction after
having such information.

That is not all. There were cases that link the flu vaccine to the number of convulsion among vaccinated toddlers. This happened in Australia and the Australian government banned all flu shots after a number of children were hospitalized due to convulsions triggered by the flu vaccine.

The Center for Disease Control is also contributing to the problem. The agency is currently informing the public about flu vaccine hoaxes. And included in its list are the scientifically proven dangers of the vaccine. This created a conflict of information from medical experts and government health officials.

The good news is that such information is available online and we at flu2013.com are making sure that you and everyone else are informed. This will give you a better understanding of the situation and be able to create informed decisions when it comes to flu and the flu vaccine.

We believe that information about the flu shot should be readily available and that the government should be transparent about the health issues surrounding it. Even the vaccine advocates should concede after several cases of adverse effects caused by the flu vaccine. They should work hand-in-hand with the medical experts to formulate a safer alternative to deal with the dreaded flu season.

It would be best to focus on the treatment methods that are proven safe rather than gamble on the vaccine. Another great idea
is to inform people on the common symptoms of flu such as types of cough that are caused by the flu virus. These are much better information and should be distributed by the CDC and other government health agencies than encouraging people to take into their bodies a potentially dangerous drug.

Knowing More About Flu and The Common Cold Online

The flu and the common cold are the most talked about ailments every year. This is due to the fact they are very common and that they can really slow you down and even get you hospitalized. And as recent events have revealed to us, the flu is now a health concern due to the fatalities it caused. And the common cold, which is one of the main symptoms of flu, also became an area of concern.

Today there is a lot of interest on these 2 common ailments. People are now looking for information about the flu and common cold. And they do this online thanks to the World Wide Web. To help you narrow down your search on the most trusted websites about the flu and common cold here is a list of websites that give the most comprehensive information about these common ailments.

EverydayHealth.com

The website everydayhealth.com is a place where you can learn about common ailments and diseases that you will experience in our lifetime and the treatments that we can avail to make you healthy once again. You can search the website for information about flu and common cold. You can also learn about remedies found in your own home to deal with these ailments.

Lung.org

Lung.org is the website of the American Lung Association, an organization that promotes lung health. And their website contains detailed information about the common ailments that affect the respiratory system. You can check the site’s resources under influenza page and it will tell you all about the common cold. In the influenza (flu’s complete medical name) page you can read how to prevent flu and how to spot it from the symptoms.

KidsHealth.org

Flu and cold can lead to serious complications when the afflicted person is a child. And kidshealth.org offers great information on flu and cold that afflict the kids and what parents can do to safely treat these 2 common ailments.

CDC.gov

The Center for Disease Control is the government agency that seeks to prevent diseases and other health concerns to spread to the public and to provide measures in case of an epidemic. To help in this endeavor, the cdc.gov was created to provide information to the public for diseases such as influenza (flu) and cold. You can find tried and proven methods on dealing with flu and cold in cdc.gov but information is limited to actual remedies doctors provide.

Flu.gov

Flu.gov is a government sponsored website that focuses on providing relevant information about influenza. The site focuses on symptoms, treatments and the time of the year when flu is rampant (the seasonal flu). Like the CDC, flu.gov offers scientifically proven ways to deal with flu.

These are the websites we recommend that offer everything that you need to know about the flu and common cold.