Every year, millions of people from the United States get the flu. Statistically speaking, the majority improve within one week or two. Typical remedies include over the counter medication and sufficient bed rest.

However, thousands of people develop the flu with added complications like pneumonia for example. This result leads to hospitalization. Around 36.000 people in the United States die each year from flu related complications.

 

Any person of any age is at risk when dealing with complications. Those with higher risk are:

-People older than 65 years;

-Children under 2 years;

-Women who are more than 3 months pregnant during flu season.

-Any person with chronic pulmonary sickness, coronary, renal, diabetes or chronic heart disease, lung or conditions related to autoimmune diseases.

-Patients who spend a lot of time interned in the hospital or clinic have a lot of probabilities of contracting the flu in the long term.

 

Complications can include:

Pulmonary: Pneumonia

Cerebral: Encephalitis (brain infections), meningitis y convulsions.

Coronaries: Heart attacks and blood clots.


Preventive measures:

Truthfully, preventive measures can be taken to avoid contagion or spreading the disease. The best option is a vaccine. It is a myth that vaccines make you sick. There is a 2 week delayed reaction, and of course if you get the virus during this timeframe you can get sick.

In the last few years, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), notes: flu vaccines have prevented the existence of millions of flu cases and related hospital care.

Although the number of people getting flu shots increases year by year, men are the most reluctant. In many cases they have a macho outlook and may believe they can overcome any illness because they are not exposed to the disease. On the contrary, any young male in perfect health can get sick and develop complications from the flu. In a very short time their state can weaken and worsen.

The flu can spread easily. All it takes is a handshake of someone ill, touching handrails on public transport, gyms or even workmates. This includes the use of cellphones continually. Many times we may be ill and show no symptoms because our body is vulnerable to the virus. That is why a vaccine is important.

A flu vaccine is available just about everywhere. It is easy to access and you can find it in most pharmacies and some supermarkets also have a pharmacy.  In many cases, it isn’t necessary to set an appointment so you do not require a prescription or anything similar to it.

The vaccine is free or cheap. (Of course it is much cheaper than getting sick or getting complications from the illness!)

According to William Schaffner, MD, president of the Department of Preventative Medicine of the Vanderbilt University, ” Virtually all public and private health insurance plans cover the flu vaccine” ” Especially now, since the Affordable Care Act has made it so many more people get insurance. And as they move to private insurance, those plans now have to cover preventive health measures including the flu vaccine.”  If you do not have insurance, the price is around $20. A small fraction to a great advantage!

If the problem is the pricking of the needle, there is still no excuse! You can get the vaccine in a nasal spray form, which is just as effective as an injection.

 

Consult with a physician if:

-Your flu does not improve, but only gets worse.

-If you have chest pains, difficulty to breathe or high fever.

-If you feel weak for many days.

-If you do not know or feel you are allergic to some of the components of the vaccine.

 

I hope this information has been useful. At YaSabe.com, you can find doctors and pharmacies near your location. Get the vaccine! The biggest benefit is not getting sick!

Good luck!