How Do You Get the Flu?
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Stuffy, achy, wheezy, can't sleep. So now you're asking yourself; how did i get the flu? Well, the answer is in this video. Just watch!
Transcript: When that stuffy, achy, wheezy, got-to-sleep-but-can't feeling hits, you know it's the FLU. There are...
When that stuffy, achy, wheezy, got-to-sleep-but-can't feeling hits, you know it's the FLU. There are various kinds of flu viruses and they are changing all the time. But whatever kind of flu bug you get, it could trigger respiratory congestion, fever, chills, body aches, headaches, and fatigue. You can get the flu in one of two ways. First, by touching a person or object contaminated with the virus and then rubbing your nose, your eyes or your mouth. Second, through the air. Because the flu virus travels within droplets that are released when an infected person talks, sneezes, or coughs, it is possible to inhale the virus. Once the flu virus has entered your system, it can take up to 4 days before you feel sick. Symptoms may then last up to 2 weeks. And it's the first 5 to 7 days that you're most contagious. The flu season peaks in January and February, but you can get it all year round. How can you protect yourself? The best way is the flu vaccine. Each year, the vaccine is re-developed to fight off the 3 most common strains that season. Other protective methods include regular hand washing with soap and hot water, not touching your face, and staying away from those who are sick. If you aren't lucky enough to dodge the flu this season, speed up your recovery by getting plenty of rest and staying well hydrated. Your doctor might also prescribe an antiviral medication that may cut a day or two from your recovery time. These antivirals are especially recommended for those with conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease that can be complicated by the flu.More »
Last Modified: 2013-05-14 | Tags »
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What vaccinations do young children need and when? Watch this video to see what's needed from birth to 6 years of age.
Transcript: Vaccinating your child early is to the best way to protect her from serious diseases and life-threatening...
Vaccinating your child early is to the best way to protect her from serious diseases and life-threatening complications. But what vaccinations do young children need and when? Based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here's the best schedule for your child. Your baby's first vaccination should start at birth. That's when the first of 3 hepatitis B vaccinations is given. The others are administered at around 2 months and then when your child is 6 to 18 months old. Without the vaccine, Hepatitis B in kids can turn into a chronic condition that may lead to liver damage or cancer. At 2, 4 and 6 months, your child gets a batch of multi-part vaccinations. They protect her from: rotavirus, which can lead to severe diarrhea and dehydration; diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough; Hib or Haemophius influenza type b a bacterial infection; pneumonia and meningitis and polio. At a year old, anther round of vaccinations is needed. This includes a fourth vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough, Hib, pneumococcal meningitis, and polio. In addition, the chicken pox vaccine and MMR vaccine should be added to the list. MMR protects your child against measles, mumps and rubella. A child should also get the hepatitis A vaccine at this age. Between 4-6 years, your child will need the last shot in the series that protects against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. It will also be time, to finish up the series for polio, varicella, and MMR. From the age of 6 months on, each year your child should get a flu shot to protect her from influenza. For information on vaccines, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-12-07 | Tags »
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You've probably heard of the chicken pox - shingles connection, but do really you understand it? Watch this video to get to the root of the relationship between these two viruses.
Transcript: Once you've had chicken pox, you can never get it again, right? Not quite. The varicella-zoster virus...
Once you've had chicken pox, you can never get it again, right? Not quite. The varicella-zoster virus that causes chicken pox is the same one that triggers the nerve disorder, shingles, also called herpes zoster. Once that virus is in the body, it lies dormant in nerve cells around the spinal cord, waiting to someday be reawakened. What reactivates the herpes zoster virus? No one knows for sure, but it seems that as we age our immune system gets weaker, and we are less able to hold the virus in check. When something like a cold or the flu comes along, or if we have a chronic illness, the sleeping virus may wake up and cause trouble. Shingles can trigger burning, itching, or tingling sensations and severe nerve pain. A rash usually develops and blisters come in waves lasting 3 to 5 days. Untreated it can become chronic. And even with treatment it can persist for months or years. The chicken pox vaccine has only been in the US since 1995, and has been required for school-aged children in most states since around 2000. For kids who have been vaccinated, the risk of chicken pox and shingles is almost zero. But for adults--90% of whom have already had chicken pox-shingles is a risk. In fact, around 30% of people who have had chicken pox will get shingles. These days, all children at age 1 and age 4 should get the chicken pox vaccine and any adult who didn't have the vaccine as a child, and has never had chicken pox, should get it right away. Adults who had chicken pox as a child can get a shingles vaccine; it prevents shingles about 51 percent of the time and if you do get shingles, chances are it will be milder than usual. To learn more on chicken pox and shingles watch other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-12-07 | Tags »
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