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Self-Care Can Save Us from the Flu!

You’ve read the headlines – the 2018 Flu Season has now reached record proportions! Starting earlier than usual in December, the virus first gained strength in California and quickly spread to 48 states across the country. Many people spent their holiday season passing the virus back and forth between family members, hampering social and travel plans. It hasn’t been uncommon to hear people say they haven’t been this sick for decades. At this point, the number of the population affected is at the same level as the Swine Flu Pandemic of 2009, a new flu strain that had surfaced at that time for which we were not prepared. Previously coined the “hospitalizer” due to its severity causing record levels of hospitalizations, this year’s H3N2 Influenza strain is shaping up to be no different, continuing to circulate despite predictions that it would fade out as the season wore on.

 

The resultant strain on healthcare facilities has outgrown capacity in many areas, causing a number of them to expand services into parking lots under makeshift tents to handle the influx of patients. The worse part? All of this transpired before officially reaching the peak of the season, which typically occurs during the month of February. So, why is this year’s flu so bad and what can we do about it?

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Topics: blog, flu, health, healthcare, livelifepositive, superfoods, wellness

Why This Could be the Worst Flu Season Yet and What You Can Do About it

If you’re like most people, it’s likely you’ve already been exposed to this year’s assortment of viral flora and fauna. Influenza, better known as “flu” season has arrived, and with the stress of the New Year, we’re more susceptible to getting sick than during other times of the year. Although many dismiss the severity of contracting the flu as a mere inconvenience, if you’ve been unlucky enough to get it in recent years, you know that its wrath can be fierce, debilitating and even deadly if the right conditions align just perfectly. It also takes a significant economic toll due to absenteeism from work or school and reduced productivity sometimes lasts far after symptoms abate. Young children under five, older adults over 60 or just about anyone struggling with underlying illnesses are at the highest risk for contracting the flu, but we all play a part in its spread to vulnerable populations. There are many immune-boosting ways to protect yourself. These simple strategies to reduce risk and facts about the flu might come as a surprise, providing further evidence as to why it’s important to continue to raise awareness about this insidious threat to health worldwide.

Epidemiology of Influenza
Millions of people contract the flu annually and at least 500,000 people will die from it each year. In contrast to an influenza pandemic, the seasonal flu is a recirculated version or a mutation of similar strains that we have encountered in the past. As these strains become more sophisticated in their ability to circumvent the defenses of our immune response, they have become more virulent. The flu can live for up to two days on hard or non-porous surfaces and up to 12 hours on clothing and tissues. During mild temperatures, the flu will last for no more than a week, but in freezing conditions, it can survive indefinitely.

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