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Category: Influenza

Preparing for Flu Season – Dr. Wyn Andrews

With respect to the flu you really have two choices. Run the misery of getting it, or, get vaccinated against it. In this post to www.HealthConnection.TV, Family Medicine physician Dr. Wyn Andrews from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler talks about ways to prevent the flu and ways to deal with the flu if you should be so unfortunate to get it.

When is the best time to get vaccinated for the flu? (first question)

Who should be vaccinated? (skip to 0:37)

Fact or fiction- can you get the flu from getting the flu vaccine? (skip to 1:22)

Why do some people insist that they got the flu as a result of getting the vaccine? (skip to 2:06)

Explain the different ways to receive a flu vaccination including the new “intradermal” vaccine. (skip to 2:55)

How do you know if what you have is really the flu and not just a common virus like a cold? (skip to 3:54)

Are there medications that will reduce the severity or duration of flu symptoms? (skip to 5:00)

Apart from bed rest and drinking fluids, are there other comfort measures that can be taken for the flu? (skip to 5:45)

How do you know when it’s necessary to see a doctor in connection with flu symptoms? (skip to 6:27)

 

Flu Season Again? – Dr. Richard Wallace (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a two part Health Connection post. See Part 2 here.

In 2009, the subject of the flu dominated the headlines in an unusual way. The late appearance of a new flu strain that was not considered in the season’s flu shot and to which there was more limited natural immunity among the public resulted in an unusually long flu season. Dr. Richard Wallace of the U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler discusses the 2010-2011 flu season in the context of last year’s unusual season.

When does flu season actually start? (first question)

Why do we have to get a new flu shot every year? (skip to 1:14)

If I get a flu shot now (in early September), will it last until the end of flu season? (skip to 2:10)

What about the H1N1 virus? Will we see that strain of influenza again this year? (skip to 3:35)

Will we still have to get two shots – one for H1N1 and one for seasonal flu? (skip to 4:53)

How is the flu virus spread and how soon will I get sick after I’m exposed? (skip to 5:02)

What are the symptoms of seasonal flu? (skip to 6:09)

How do the symptoms of seasonal flu differ from H1N1? (skip to 7:42)

Flu Season Again? – Dr. Richard Wallace (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a two part Health Connection post. See Part 1 here.

In 2009, the subject of the flu dominated the headlines in an unusual way. The late appearance of a new flu strain that was not considered in the season’s flu shot and to which there was more limited natural immunity among the public resulted in an unusually long flu season. Dr. Richard Wallace of the U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler discusses the 2010-2011 flu season in the context of last year’s unusual season.

How do I know if what I have is the flu or just a common cold or respiratory infection? (first question)

Why are older people, young children and pregnant women more at risk for complications from the flu? (skip to 1:12)

Besides getting a shot, what else can I do to avoid getting the flu? (skip to 2:39)

Is an overwhelming flu epidemic, such as the one that struck the U.S. in 1918, possible today? (skip to 3:51)