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How to Avoid Colds and Flu?

  1. Wash your hands often. People most often get sick because they touch an object where the virus is still alive, then touch their nose or eye.
  2. Disinfectants and hand sanitizers remove 99% of viruses.
  3. Clean your desktop and phone frequently
  4. Use paper towels to dry your hands instead of shared fabric towels
  5. Children are better off in day care centers with no more than six students.
  6. Keep your immune system healthy. Don’t smoke.
  7. Breast-feed your baby.
  8. Get the flu vaccine.

How do you know if you have a cold or the flu?

 

Cold

  • Spread through the air
  • Caused by viruses
  • Runny nose, sneezing
  • Treat with rest and fluids
  • Cough, chest congestion (sometimes)

 

Flu

  • Spread through the air
  • Caused by viruses
  • Runny nose, sneezing
  • Cough, chest congestion
  • High fever
  • Achy body, tiredness
  • Comes on suddenly
  • Treatment available
  • Treat with rest and fluids

11 flu myths busted

Myth: Swine flu is transmitted by pork products.

Busted: NO. It’s transmitted when people sneeze or cough and those droplets enter their sinuses.

Myth: You can treat flu with vitamin C and Echinacea.

Busted: NO. But, if you see the doctor within 48 hours, he or she can prescribe one of two anti-viral medications that reduce the effects of the flu.

Myth: Flu vaccine can give you the flu.

Busted: NO. It’s a dead virus.

Myth: You need antibiotics.

Busterd: NO. Antibiotics don’t work on viruses. It’s a bad idea to take useless antibiotics because, over time, they lose their effectiveness.

Myth: Flue is only dangerous for the elderly.

Busted: NO. Very young children and immune-compromised individuals are also vulnerable.

Myth: You can only get the flu once a season.

Busted: NO. Different strains go around every flu season.

Myth: Flu vaccine is 100% effective

Busted: NO. While the vaccine is designed to prevent several of the viruses doctors expect to see in a given year, they don’t always catch them all. However, the vaccine usually lessens the side effects of all strains.

Myth: If you’re young and healthy, you don’t need a flu shot.

Busted: NO. "Why suffer?" says Dr. Treece. And why put others at risk? Doctors now say everyone should get a vaccine.

Myth: You can skip years between vaccinations.

Busted: NO. The flu vaccine is different every year. Dr. Treece admits that in the three years of his career that he didn’t get vaccinated, he got the flu every time.

Myth: Vaccines are dangerous.

Busted: NO. Flu vaccine has probably prevented more illness and death than any vaccine or treatment.

Myth: Cold weather causes flu.

Busted: NO. It only seems that way because the typical flu season runs from October through March.

If you think you may have the flu, contact your primary care physician or call 313-966-4800 for a doctor near you.

Vaccination

Vaccination is the best protection against contracting the flu. You are encouraged to talk to your doctor about getting the flu vaccine as soon as it is available! A single vaccine is now available for sethe most common influenza viruses.

The flu vaccine is safe, and being vaccinated poses far less risk than being unvaccinated, and remaining at risk of developing infection. Most importantly, being vaccinated protects our patients. Individuals with egg allergies or prior severe complications from flu vaccine should consult their doctor before accepting the vaccine. 

-- Vaccine Information Sheet
-- Misconceptions About Influenza Vaccines
-- Visitor Restrictions for Flu Prevention