Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that effect our upper and lower respiratory tracts. The virus will infect your nose, throat, and lungs. People 65 years and older, young children, and people with poor immune system are at higher risk of serious flu complications. Flue season start between fall and end of spring. There are two main types of influenza (flu) viruses: types A and B. The virus will spread routinely from person to person.If you have the following symptoms, you might have flu. Fever/Chills, Loss of appetite, diarrhea, Cough, Sore throat, Runny or stuffy nose, Muscle or body aches, Headaches and, Fatigue
How to prevent the flu?
1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Isolate to a separate room if available.
2. If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them and spreading the virus.
3. Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when you cough and sneezes.
4. Wash your hands often with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizers
5. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects.
6. Stay home if you have fever.
7. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
If you are at higher risk (Immunocompromised, asthma, DM,CAD,pregnant etc), you can be treated with flu antivirals if needed. Antiviral Drugs could decrease the duration of your symptoms. Over the counter medications will help with your overall symptoms, so don’t be afraid to use them. Make sure to read the instruction including drug interaction before taking them. Keep in mind the infection will last a few days. If it last longer then five days see your health care provider, Use any natural remedies you have used in the past (The goal is to reduce the symptoms). Drink plenty of fluid and rest as much as possible during the first 24 hours.
Boost your immune system with eating healthy, taking supplement that moves your body toward alkaline such as Balance7 and exercise routinely.
Most importantly make sure to get your vaccination (ages 6 months and above). September and October are generally good times to be vaccinated against flu. Ideally, everyone should be vaccinated by the end of October. It is never too late to get your vaccine for the year 2022-2023.
About Dr. Nooristani:
Dr. Nooristani is a California State licensed and board-certified internal medicine physician and business entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to helping others. He has 15 years of extensive experience working as a hospitalist, and he’s involved with various other organizations and healthcare facilities, such as assisted living facilities, nursing homes, fitness and wellness programs, and hospices. Dr Nooristani has a health segment that airs weekday mornings on ABC.
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