Saturday, January 13, 2018

Flu Epidemic Worst Since 2014

In case you are wondering yes this is the worst flu season since 2014 – 2015 according to the latest report out this week by the CDC has been tracking the flu for 13 years stated this week Dan Jernigan, head of the CDC’s flu division, in a press briefing said this is the first year we’ve had the entire continental US every state with the same level of flu activity. The news is calling it a “Flu Epidemic”.

Around the country, doctors’ offices are packed with flu patients and hospitals are bursting at the seams with flu patients with highest hospitalizations are occurring among those over age 65, but adults aged 50 to 64 are also being hospitalized in higher-than-usual numbers and children younger than 5 years old. This flu is also claiming tragic deaths, 7 pediatric and 15 senior adults over 65 years old have died. Some states are declaring a public health emergency.

What do you need to know about this year’s flu epidemic? According to  these are the 6 early signs of flu to look for:
  • Sudden Fatigue
  • Body Aches and Chills 
  • Cough 
  • Sore Throat
  • Fever 
  • Gastrointestinal problems
Emergency symptoms to look for are symptoms getting significantly worse. Your overall health can determine the severity of your symptoms and how long the flu lasts. Seek immediate medical care if you have the following symptoms:
  • chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • bluish skin and lips
  • severe dehydration
  • dizziness and confusion
  • recurring fever
  • worsening cough

What can you do? 
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) good health habits can slow down transmission such as covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu that can be prescribed by your doctor. 

Need flu relief fast? According to WebMD there are Home Remedies for fast flu reliefMost of these remedies have been used to treat symptoms for years and who knows may help you feel better while your body fights the virus.  

Your partner in health, 

Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Certified Health Coach 
Wellness Consultant 

Nominated Top 50 Health Promotion Professional 

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