Influenza | Flu Prevention and Remedies | Boomer Health at Home

Influenza | Flu Prevention and Remedies | Boomer Health at Home



you hello I'm Greg J Mian and thank you for watching boomer health at home the show where we explore the most relevant health care topics impacting the baby boomer generation today as more and more baby boomers seek answers to many times difficult health care questions our goal is to provide ideas tips and cutting edge solutions that will help improve your everyday life and health it is our hope that you find the following information helpful as you sit back and watch boomer health at home hello I'm Ryan Donnell alongside Brett Polti and you're watching boomer health at home thank you for tuning in Brett we got a good show to plan today can you tell the audience a little more what we're gonna cover we do have a great show playing today today we're gonna be talking about the influenza virus so we have Joyce Ward who is a registered nurse coming down with us and she's going to be giving us tips on how to prevent it you know what to do if you do have it we're even gonna look at how the hospitals can help you and a couple home remedies choice is gonna be pretty good with this subject sounds great well we got a great show planned for you for all this and more stay tuned thanks for watching you welcome back we have a very informative show planned for you today and joining us to provide an experts insight on to the to the influenza matter is the okk med RN home health care joyce ward i might i just botched up your credentials could tell us a little more about what your experiences in the the healthcare industry yes i've been a nurse for many years and i worked as a hospital based nurse a home health nurse and currently I am a discharge planner case manager for the hospital system and I very much enjoy my work well great welcome back to the show so now Joyce in in January of 2018 you know we've seen a huge influenza influx and you know unfortunately there's a lot of tragic news especially coming out of California you know 42 people have been reported to die and they're all under age 65 and that's only between October and January yes right with in January of 2018 the flu has been epidemic in every one of the 48 contiguous states in the United States with that as widespread flu infection throughout the entire United States which it overwhelmed the hospital systems and treatment for those patients people under the age of 65 and otherwise healthy individuals normally don't have the complications that can cause death in the flu however this particular flu strain that's become prevalent it was a variant of the normal flu strains for example there was a young man Cuyler Boehm he was a 21 year old from Latrobe Pennsylvania bodybuilder health fanatic looked really good any visited his family just before Christmas and according to his mother he looked a little bit rundown and he eventually died of sepsis associated with the flu the particular strain in that case was h3 n3 flu virus and we'll talk a little bit more about the different strains that's tragic yeah that's and and I heard that story as well and I said he died from sepsis is that typically how these people are perishing because you think the flu is kind of just a common thing we've all been to the Great where he was going home for Christmas feeling rundown he had the flu but obviously we're here to do the show so you don't think of it as a deadly thing anymore huh well in certain cases especially the very young and the very old those people that have immune camp immune compromised for other health conditions underlying health conditions they can be more susceptible to what are called complications of the flu so that that's a problem and the biggest factor that could have maybe prevented this in this young man was that he did not receive his flu vaccine this year that's very important now you mentioned the flu vaccine and how important it is how does the flu vaccine actually work what it does is there's two types of flu vaccines one is made from an inactivated virus from the flu strain that was prevalent in the prior year and it when it's injected or introduced into the body it makes the body form antibodies against those flu viruses there's also an inactivated strain that is not made from flu virus which has similar effectiveness and works in the same way it is important to note that it usually takes about two weeks for the body to produce the antibodies to protect you against the flu – so at that time you're still at risk of catching it just as if you had not had you are you are live in question you mentioned the the strand H 3 and 3 and I know you've heard h1n1 and you know to all the different flus I'm thinking back to when I was a kid I went and visited my family came from haven't Michigan you know the area they have a cemetery up there which has you know I was always fascinated by the the headstones that went back to the 1800s and and a lot of the 1800s would say influenza on there and I always thought that was interesting that you know they didn't have the vaccines back then I assume I just thought that modern day has kind of created that nerd I'm sorry less than that risk but now you hear new strands are these new have they been around like how do these h1n1 SH aware these coming from there are many many variants of the flu virus that's probably been around as long as people have been around you're probably referring back in the 1800s the Spanish flu I think everybody's kind of heard about that in history and it wiped out a significant portion of our population the thing with the viruses is that they're just tricky little devils they can mutate at a moment's notice and it's almost impossible to predict how they're going to mutate and therein lies the problem of making the flu vaccine as effective as possible because you can't predict how it's going to mutate and whether the virus that you use to produce the flu shot is going to be effective against that particular variant there's influenza type a there's the H one and one H one and two they get there is a long string of different mutations that have been identified the big problem ones this year seem to be the H 3 and 2 and H 3 and 3 but strains that are particularly bad Battleship they're from so these are the ones that are not responding that well to the flu vaccine but I do want to stress that getting the vaccine will help lessen the symptoms of the flu and maybe help you from going into complications from the flu infection so if you get the vaccine you are still you still could get the flu exactly yeah yes but we want to make sure that you don't have complications which in some people can be fatal so we want to make sure some protection is better than no protection at all sure so absolutely so even with the vaccines out there and everything and you know all the preventative measures that everyone can take it's still spreading so how does the flu spread ok that's it's usually airborne or contact that spreads the virus the virus can only survive for a short amount of time outside the body but it will survive in droplets from sneezing or coughing or if you touch a wet surface that's somebody with the flu just rub their eyes or their nose and touched that surface and it spread contact a contact like that okay so you know you look at the flu of food poisoning brown bottle flu which you you've had a few times what are the signs of symptoms of the actually influenza okay some of the symptoms can be really similar to a cold like when I was a kid when you said you had the flu you would always think of nausea and vomiting and diarrhea and that kind of thing which probably was not the flu it was probably some sort of foodborne illness that people complained of and called the flu the flu is actually starts in the respiratory tract so at the beginning it can look really similar to a cold with the flu the symptom onset is abrupt with the cold it's usually gradual fever is very usual with the flu and it usually lasts three to four days with the cold it's rare to have a fever body aches with the flu are usual and often very severe with the called it's usually smight chills are fairly common they're uncommon with cold fatigue and weakness very usual with the flu and sometimes with a cold sneezing sometimes with the flu very common with the cold stuffy nose some times with the flu very common again with the cold sore throat sometimes usually always with the cold chest discomfort and cough is common and can be severe in flu and with a cold that's usually more mild headache is very common with the flu and usually rare with a cold so it's kind of a comparison and usually the tip-off is that fever okay that's that's when you know something something's up so now that we you know know the symptoms and how everyone can avoid getting the flu you know what advice do can you give people for avoiding it okay well number one get your vaccine the vaccine can be very effective in if not preventing the flu at least limiting the symptoms and the severity and the length of the illness I would strongly recommend avoiding close contact in crowded spaces many hospitals will limit the number of visitors to a hospital during peak flu season times because it's just they're spreading it from person to person if you have other people in the household the elderly people it's probably a good idea to keep them in the house and away from crowded places or venues where there's a lot of people stay home when you're sick don't go to work and spread the joy with everybody else that you work with and you know just try and avoid large crowds and people and doing things that you could put off until you feel better make sure you cover your mouth and your nose when you sneeze and the really effective thing and this is in cases of Z's is wash your hands and you know you think of touching elevator buttons or computer keyboards or handrails on stairs who was there before you and did they wipe their nose or eyes where they sick so we live in a very germy world so you have to take some precautions during these times how effective are hand sanitizers did wash your hands and others yeah way but antibacterial soap under running water for 30 seconds using happy birthday song while you're washing your hands and rinse my and you that's not always feasible but the alcohol-based hand sanitizers are very effective as well and in killing the virus and the germs so and of course practice other good health habits make sure you stay hydrated have good nutrition avoid as much stress as possible during these peak times and give your immune system a good chance to fight things off also good motivation to not going to work with the flu absolutely how long could someone really would expect to be out with the flu what says the flu it normally otherwise healthy individuals usually doesn't last more than two weeks you know symptoms will be bad the first week and just feel kind of rundown and tired for a couple weeks and it's important to rest and and take care of yourself during that time so your body can recover so now like you said it lasts usually about two weeks about do you know how long it would be after you contract and start getting your you know feeling the flu coming on do you know how long it takes before you're no longer contagious usually two weeks you'll since the virus will be active in your body for that time once you quit sneezing and and that kind of thing you're probably okay to go back to your normal activities but you know if you have a fever do not go out of the house stay home in bed right and just I know how is common misperception flu is not something antibiotics can really did it corrected their virally based there are the CDC recommends in individuals that have the flu any hospitalized patients elderly patients in the nursing home or congregate living situation should be treated within 48 hours with certain antiviral medications in order to lessen the viral replication and limit the amount of symptoms and avoid complications from the flu there are three that patient that you can get I think everybody's kind of familiar with Tamiflu which is one of them and there's a couple of other ones that you can use a set limo beer and and provo beer and the doctor can prescribe that for you at certain times there are seem to be shortages of that when if the flu season is particularly severe and manufacturing seems to be okay this year you should be able to get what you need from a pharmacy sure anyone you mentioned this you said shortages maybe think you know with this flu epidemic this year you've worked in hospital systems how does the hospital handle this increased volume and if you know this is going on something to avoid then go in the hospital or no don't if you you should not avoid going to the hospital if you have symptoms of flu that seem to be getting worse or net getting better with just rest and and and taking care of yourself at home there is a rapid flu test that can give a result in 15 to 20 minutes at the hospital so if you go to the emergency room they will find out right away they'll give you the rapid test and find out what kind of flu and flu strain you have and probably prescribe the antiviral medication for you and if you don't seem to be getting worse or you know your symptoms are controllable they will try and release you back home as quickly as possible so they you know train late because the the ER is gonna be horribly crowded and and it's gonna be difficult you'd have to put on your patients hat when you go there because of the you know widespread flu that's going around right now so they they try not to hospitalized you if they can avoid it they have to kind of reserve those beds for the really critically ill patients so now you know you said the hospital in the ER is gonna be very crowded so are there some good home remedies that people can try well just try and control your fever and your symptoms it's mostly once you have the flu it's supportive care until your immune system can kick in and get rid of those viruses you control the fever with you know an aspirin or Tylenol bed rest is important your body does its most healing while you're resting or sleeping make sure you stay hydrated if you have a fever dehydration can lead into symptoms of complications of the flu make sure you have good nutrition fresh vegetables and fruit juices and things like that help maintain your nutritional status good hygiene is important make sure you wash your hands and keep surfaces clean at home so you don't keep reinfecting yourself great choice this is some great information I'm punch we're running out of time but I think you've really given our viewers a great arsenal to combat the flu season so thank you for coming on we appreciate you being our guest today and my pleasure it does sound like you know it's something that you can really the better plan you have with the shots and and have all stuff in place the easier will be to battle this influenza so if you viewers at home have any questions about any of the content you saw on today's show or like to get in touch with anyone from the show you can call us at area code two four eight two eight eight two two seven zero or you can email us at boomer health at Americare medical comm thank you very much and thanks for watching you

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