One of the biggest topics that Dr. Oz has covered on his show is the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic, and I’m going to share the information that they passed onto viewers in this show because I think this is important for everyone to have this vital information.
The second wave of the virus will hit this fall, with an estimated 150,000,000 people infected and 90,000 deaths in the United States alone. Pregnant woman, people with underlying conditions (asthma, diabetes, lung or heart disease) and young children are most vulnerable.
What are the symptons? In the first couple of days, although there are no symptoms, you are contagious. On day 3, you start to experience aches and pains. On days 4-6, a cough, sore throat, vomiting and diarrhea can appear. Days 7-10 are crucial because at this point you either start feeling better, or you start having more breathing problems. It is those people who find themselves getting worse after 7-10 days that need to seek immediate medical attention.
So, what do you do when someone in your family is infected? Care for them just like the common cold. Make sure they keep hydrated, drink plenty of fluids, and take fever reducing medicine. Take precautions to keep it from spreading, use masks.
When do you see a doctor? Warning signs in adults include difficulty breathing, dizziness and confusion (an indication of low blood pressure), or vomiting so much that you can’t keep fluids down. Warning signs for kids are the same, but if you see the following you should immediately get them to an emergency room: if they are breathing really fast because they can’t catch their breath, bluish or gray skin tone, not waking up or interacting, or if it seems they are getting better and then get worse again.
Prevention of Complications: The number one means of prevention is the vaccine, and the experts are encouraging people not to wait, but to get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available.
What populations should get the vaccine? Pregnant woman, young children, health care workers, people who work with young children, anyone 6 months – 24 yrs old, 24 yrs old -65 yrs old with chronic medical problems.
The five things you should do or have in your house to fight the flu:
One – Basic cleaners, including soap and water, alcohol cleansers, and alcohol hand sanitizer. (Not a bad idea to have kids keep hand sanitizer at school too)
Two – Probiotics and prebiotics provide good bacteria. Garlic and onions, yogurt are good sources, but also available in pill form which may be a more effective way to get these into your diet daily.
Three – Supplements: Vitamin D and North American Ginseng should be part of your daily regimen,
Four – Emergency products, including thermometers, electrolyte replacement drinks, acetaminophen pills, surgical masks, a month supply of key foods and pharmaceuticals that you may need.
Five – Get a seasonal flu shot.
For more information, check out Dr. Oz at www.doctoroz.com.