Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA February 03, 2018 – While the latest deadly flu epidemic appears to have already peaked, board-certified internist Michael Terahni, M.D. of Brand New Day says the public is in need of information that will help stave off another epidemic. Typically, the 2nd wave of flu strains tend to be stronger than the first.
â€œSince the flu is actually a virus caused by various strains, vaccine makers have to guess which ones might be circulating and they target what they think are the biggest culprits,â€� said Terahni. â€œWhen they misfire, those who have had a flu shot may, indeed, catch the flu because that particular strain was not identified.â€�
Steps you can take to avoid the flu:
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the single most important step in protecting against the flu and thatâ€™s for everyone 6 months or older. Know that the body takes about two weeks to produce a full immune response.
Children, the elderly and those with chronic diseases are particularly vulnerable to catching the flu. If they aren't drinking liquids, feeling lethargic, have pain in a specific area of the chest or are having difficulty breathing after normal activity, get them to the doctor ASAP.
Also, if they are getting better and suddenly get worse, bring them to the hospital right away as this could be a sign of a secondary bacterial infection.
Antiviral drugs like Tamiflu can lessen the symptoms and shorten the duration of the flu, though most otherwise healthy people don't need it. Children, the elderly and those with chronic illness are the best candidates.
Washing your hands regularly, not touching your face, staying away from those with the flu, wearing a mask in public areas with little ventilation (e.g., airplanes, offices, etc.) are among the precautions each of us should embrace.
â€œBrand New Day members who already recovered from the flu are still flocking to our offices due to a persistent coughâ€� said Terahni. â€œUnfortunately, thatâ€™s the residue effect normal for those post-flu and you can expect that deep, dry cough to last 2-3 months. Consider taking lozenges, OTC cough medicine or, in severe cases, your doctor can prescribe Phenergan, to make the cough subside.â€�
Brand New Day is the Medicare product name of Universal Care, Inc., a privately held California Knox-Keene Healthcare Service Plan licensed by the California Department of Managed Health Care and contracted with the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services as a Medicare Advantage contractor. Universal Care, Inc. is owned and operated by an experienced group of managed care executives and physicians. The Davis family founded Universal Care, Inc. in 1983. For more information, visit BNDHMO.com