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6 More Things You Never Thought About the Flu

To help you be better informed on more things you may have never thought of regarding influenza I put together 6 more basic answers to question on Influenza and more.

The Flu is not on most people minds too often, uless you are trying to not catch it from other people. I took the liberty of collecting great information and sharing very good links in this posts to get you started on question you can use the answeres to.

This is not intended as a substitute for medical advice.

  1. Q: Can babies, dogs, chickens get the flu? A: YES
  2. Q.Should you go to the Emergency Room when you get a sniffle? A. Consult your doctor if a “sniffle” is life threatening to you. If not, you probabbly don’t need to be in the ER.
  3. Q. Who to ask or not to ask for advice when yout think you may being coming down with the flu? A. Consult your health care provider.
  4. Q. What is the job of the front desk receptionist in the doctor office? A Free up the doc for patient care.
  5. Q If people get a flu shot or had the l flu aleady will you they get sick with influenza more than once a season? A. YES
  6. A.If I never get sick and everyone else has the flu shot why should I bother? A. If you have to ask then you may need to read to become better informed.(Snarky answer)

Not everyone can get a flu vaccination:

I write a blog. I can not give you medical advice. But you can click this link to CDC website to see if you may be one of those people who should not get the yearly Influenzation vaccination then discuss this with out doctor.

This page lists all people recommended to get a flu vaccine, who can and can’t get the flu shot and who should take precautions or talk to their doctor or other health care professional before vaccination. Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions regarding which flu vaccine is best for you and your family.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/whoshouldvax.htm

Infants under the age of 6 months are too young to get a flu shot. But, they can get the flu even if they are breast feeding. Read below how parents can help keep their babies from beng exposed to the flu. ( Day cares; doctors offices, hospitals etc have strict rules to help control incetious diseases. FOLLOW the RULEs please.)

What if you are pregnant, have an autoimmune disease or are allergic eggs? Should I get a flu shot?

Don’t as me. I’m not your doctor? For God’s Sake don’t be asking people on Facebook, either. Click the link to the CDC and talk to your health care provider.

The quote below from the CDC address indications for what kind of flu shot for certain individuals:

Note: There are certain flu shots that have different age indications. For example, people younger than 65 years of age should not get the high-dose flu shot or the flu shot with adjuvant, and people who are younger than 18 years old or older than 64 years old should not get the intradermal flu shot.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/whoshouldvax.htm

 

Misconceptions about Seasonal Flu and Flu Vaccines

No, the “Flu Shot” does not give any one the flu. Some peopel make stuff up then the people pass on misconceptionsa that are not true.

Of cource it is possible to alrady be eposed and coming down with the somehint ( flue, measles, mumps etc) before you get the vaccine. So don’t be blaming the caccine. Get your shots early.

Click this link to read what the FDA has to say;

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/misconceptions.htm

 

Who Should be Prioritized for Flu Vaccination During a Vaccine Shortage

There are years or some reason whan vaccines are in short supply. Then the vaccine has to be prioitized. Click here to read waht the CDC says.Who Should be Prioritized for Flu Vaccination During a Vaccine Shortage

Note: IV bags are in short supply in 2018. IV bag shortaage is quoted in the post right below. click to read the entire post.

You Don’t Know as Much About the Flu as You Think You Do

I hope you don’t wait until the flu is in epidemic proportion to start wondering if you should get shot or not. There may be reasons why some people do have to delay getting the current influenza vaccination.

One of my family members had a good reason to delay getting a shot. We talked to his neurologist about a plan for him. Well, my goodness, his caregivers had the shot and they have been out sick all week. So now we have Plan B in mind for the family member who could not get the shot in Ocotober.

Some folks who may be more suseptible to pneumonia, a potential secondary complication, should discussion the need for a pnuemonia shot.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/whoshouldvax.htm

The CDC says that this year’s flu strains are expected to be mostly similar to last year’s, when the vaccine was 39% effective (a tad behind recent historical norms). The 2017 flu vaccine was created, to some extent, with such considerations in mind. Still, we won’t really know how effective this year’s shot is until the flu season has actually passed. http://fortune.com/2017/12/27/flu-vaccine-2017-effective-what-to-know/

 

Why am I,  No Non-cents Nanna, putting yet another post together about the flu? Because friends, family and neighbors ask, sort of.  Not Intended to be medical advice.

How many people in the US got the FLU last year?

The number of people exposed to or the number of people who will get sick with infuenza varies from year to year.

I know some people who never seem to get sick. If you are one of those healthy as a horse people  who can seem to stay on your feet every winter when every one else is moaning and groaning good for you. You must be doing somethings right.

Now, please allow me to grab you by the ear.

NOT one person on God’s green earth has a guarantee that they will not get particular strain of flu this year or next year.

Seasonal influenza may be thought of as a common nuisance, but the disease can be dangerous. Last flu season, 970,000 people were hospitalized because of the illness, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated there were 40 million cases.

There is a simple way to diminish the chance of getting the flu or suffering the worst complications from the disease: Get a flu shot http://abcnews.go.com/Health/flu-shots/story?id=42561290

 

Do I need to go the emergency room if I am only a little sick?

I hate to make a blanket statement then have someone come back to sue me for taking my advice when I do not intend to practice medicine without a lience on someone I have never even met *

*Snark ( Good advice for those mlm folks trying to sell a product. If you are looking for a natural remedy, it is illegal for product reps to being treating  diseases/ aliments if they are not licenced to do so. Make good choices to support your body’s immune system by appropritely eating and drinking densely nutritious foods and drinks for your body is a very good idea.)

 Consult your doctor if a “sniffle” is life threatening to you. If not, you probably don’t need to be in the ER.

Read what the CDC says:

If you have the emergency warning signs of flu sickness, you should go to the emergency room. If you get sick with flu symptoms and are at high risk of flu complications or you are concerned about your illness, call your health care provider for advice. If you go to the emergency room and you are not sick with the flu, you may catch it from people who do have it.  http://www.khou.com/news/health/what-you-need-to-know-about-flu/506296197

 

What if you have baby in the house?

Babies under age 6 months are not given the flu shot. Yes, they can get very sick. Consult your doctor asa if the baby show unusual energy, alertness or vigourness in feeding…period… do not delay.

I was an old La Leche Leader and Lactation Consultant. I have no idea why people tell breatfeeding moms to stop breastfeeding when sick. In general to stop breastfeeding will complicate issues and I hae often seen mom get matiti from over engorged breasts because they did not feed nor pump for a few days. OUCH! Consult your doctor; not Facebook Not your neighbor’s grandma.

The following clickable link by Kelly Bonyata is so awesome and full of resource links that may cover more than you ever wanted to know aobut breastfeeding.

Should breastfeeding continue when mom is sick? By Kelly Bonyata, IBCLC
Don’t you just love to hold a baby? I know I do. So do plently of other loving people. Let me telll you flat out…babies are NOT a TOY!
New parents often struggle with family friends, neighobrs whm they have never met, ladies at the grocery store who want to breathe all over their sleepig baby. Don’t get me started on when my perfectly adorable chidlren were babies born in November, December and January…At the time, I had no idea that peopl eliked to spread germs all over babies. I had no idea what to say to these well meaning people..
Why not look through a bottom story window or photos. Isn’t Facebook god for posting pictures, too? SNARK!
I’m going to refer you to the clickabe link below if you are a new mom or someone who just has to see THAT baby next door and the exhausted parents politely decline.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/insist-friends-family-flu-shot-212807690.html

Can I get ‘the flu” more than once?

Yes, you can get the flu more than once in the same season because there are different types. Even if you’ve had the flu, doctors recommend you get a flu shot to avoid other strains.

 

Reference:

Flu Shot Facts & Side Effects (Updated for 2017-2018)

Editor’s note: This page will be updated as more information about the 2017-2018 flu season becomes available. 

The seasonal flu shot is a yearly vaccine administered to protect against the flu, or influenza.

In the United States, flu shots are recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The composition of the 2017-2018 flu shot will be slightly different from last season’s flu shot. Specifically, there will be a different strain of the H1N1 virus in this season’s flu shot, compared with last season’s shot. According to the CDC, the 2017-2018 trivalent flu shot will contain..Click the link to continue reading…

https://www.livescience.com/40279-flu-shot-information.html

 

Not all Flu is Created Equal!

 

What Are the Different Types of Flu?

There are three types of flu viruses: A, B, and C. Type A and B cause the annual influenza epidemics that have up to 20% of the population sniffling, aching, coughing, and running high fevers. Type C also causes flu; however, type C flu symptoms are much less severe.

https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/advanced-reading-types-of-flu-viruses#1

Can my dog or my chickens get the flu?

YES, animals can get influenza.It is not a joke.

Clinical Signs of Influenza Infection in People and Pets

  • Nasal or ocular discharge…
  • Coughing
  • Increase respiratory effort…
  • Lethargy
  • … vomit, diarrhea, and decreased appetite

If your cat or dog shows clinical signs of a respiratory tract illness (cough, sneeze, nasal discharge, lethargy, etc.), schedule an examination with your veterinarian

https://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/pmahaney/2013/jan/can-dogs-get-flu-canine-influenza-29693

 

Do you know where your chicken came from? Are you eating anmals that were sick?

Warning! The word ORGANIC, Open Range, Grass Fed… are irrelant as to whether or not a chicken, duck or turkey did not have the FLU! (That is another post I should do.)

Flu season is not just for humans: every year, multiple strains of avian influenza (aka bird flu) virus wreak havoc on birds and poultry (not to mention poultry farmers) across the globe.

Last year, highly pathogenic strains forced epidemiologists to euthanize hundreds of thousands of ducks, chickens, and turkey… Norway to Egypt to Japan, in an effort to prevent the viruses from spreading…. bird flu outbreaks in Bulgaria led to a cull of almost 8,000 ducks.

The greatest flu pandemic in human history—one that killed 50 million to 100 million people between 1918 and 1919—started out as bird flu.

https://www.consumerreports.org/flu/what-you-need-to-know-about-bird-flu/

Golly, gee whiz we never now for sure if the poultry we eat was sick o not.. There are meat inspectors in packing houses, but junk does get by them. To be on the safe side. COOK YOUR GOOSE well.

Why ‘Your Doctor Never Told You’ Defense:

Well, did you ask appropriate questions?

From my experience, too often, we don’t know enough about what we a dealing with to ask questions at the time.

Many times a docotor can give a pamphlet or the check out sheet gives you more information on your lab results or your medical condition. Printed material does cost the doctor money and storage space.

Something Your Doctor Will NEVER Tell You

No sane doctor will ever tell you to ask stranger on a closed Facebook group for medical advice..yet people do it every day!

STOP IT! Stop asking for medical advice on-line. But, please do your own research for credible surce rather than word of mouth..

If I read someone asking what or how to treat with a sick kid what I to is copy and paste a link for them to make their own decision with theri family doctr or their insurance phoene triage nurse.

WebMD.com is a resousrse I trust. But, then again, that link is not meant to be a substitue for face t face medical advice. It can help you to understand a lot of things you may not have known.

No Non-cents Nanna RANT!

Bodies are complicated matters:  Smart people decide take out student loans (they have to pay on for years and years ) so they can spend  years and years in medical school about how the body functions and how to treat injuries or illness when the body gets hurt. One on-line posts or even 3 or 4 Cool Pinterest images will not teach the lay person everything they need to know to asses every issues when they don’t feel well.

  • Every patient has a different knowlege then the next patient does.
  • No medical professional can read your mind as to what you know or do not know.
  • Doctors have to pay for office staff and the entire cost of doing business. There fore they have to see so many patients in a day in order to pay their bills. Besides the other patients expect to be seen at the time they were scheduled..you know.. get in and get out.. not wait for you.
  • I hope you get rid of the notion from sensationalized head line “Things Your Doctor Won’t tell you!” Titles like taht are marketing strategies to get you to open the page…so we all can earn money from the annoying pop-up ads. A websites costs the owner money to run.

Accurate FLU Facts are Credited to the Proper Sources

If I am standing in the grocery store check out all I have to do is say, “Hey, go to this No Non-cents Nanna website. The old nurse pulled together  lots of good information on the flu from reliable sources. Pick and choice what you want to get ideas on what to ask your doctor… then l leave the rest.”

Two reasons why No Non-cents Nanna includes clickable links to the FACTS:

For the record:

  1. I prefer to write my own words, but as my long time followers know…I am a terrrible typist. Of course I love to give my opinion, which I think is right…but…
  2. opinions have really become an on-line problem especially without siting the sources. That is why I do statements in quotes.

Then I do my best to help reader s to pull together those bits and peices of potentially misquoted facts so readers may be able to apply to their own situation with the guidance of their primary doctors.

Get the most out of an appointment with your doctor

  • Having your questions organized and written down to hand to your primary care doctor saves tons of time during a 15 minute appointment.
  • If your primary doctors are using a website portal system you may be able to ask questions an email.
  • Got 3 different health concerns? Don’t try to squeeze  45 minutes appointment out of a 15 minute time slot. Tell the fron desk scheduler in the doctor office that you have 3 concerns. Prioritize your concerns when you make the appointment. (Understand what the front desk receptionist can or can not do for you; there are limitations. part of the the doctor fee ou may complain about is waht helps to pay the receptionsts pay check. .)

What Do Front Desk Receptionists Do?

When you call the doctor office don’t try to be cheap and get free medical advice asking the person who ansers the phone ot tell you if you have the flu or not of if you should make an appointment. They can only do their job.

Why do doctors charge so much for an office visit?. There is a lot of expenses and people to pay when a doctorr runs a medical practice. yet few people ever think about it.

Do not as the gal who answers the doctors phone for medcial advice. Simply state your problem and make your appointment to see the doctor.

 

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-a-front-desk-receptionist-do.htm#didyouknowout

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/front-desk-duties-doctors-offices-10136.html

https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Front_Desk_Receptionist%2c_Medical_Office/Hourly_Rate

 

 

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