Friday, October 30, 2009
It's Just the Flu!
The H1N1 Flu Pandemic is taking over the world.....one paranoid person after the next. There is a lot of hype and hysteria regarding the H1N1 Influenza (or Human Swine Flu as the media likes to dub it); a lot of debate about whether or not to be vaccinated and of course the onslaught on our health care system. What people seem to forget is that it is just the flu. I have met people who have never been effected by any seasonal flu virus in their lives, and all of a sudden they are going down sick with the H1N1. Undoubetly this strain is hitting people like never before. But keep this in mind, it is just the flu! Take care of yourself at home and avoid the emergency room UNLESS you have some acute symptoms; such as shortness of breath, chest or abdominal pain, dizziness or an altered level of consciousness. The key is prevention!! Wash your hands and get the vaccination!! The CDC has some good facts http://bit.ly/j9r19. And remember if you do get the flu: get lots of rest, drink lots of fluids and STAY HOME!