The Life and Health platform created by Dr. Aliza is 10 years old and, from now on, viewers can watch the show of the same name on the Hispanic television network HITN. Together and hand in hand with HITN, the Vida y Salud platform continues to create new ways for viewers to take control of their health and lead healthy lives with reliable information that allows them to face common ailments among the Hispanic community.
For this reason, we wanted to consult with the doctor to help us take care of our health in an important topic such as influenza or flu, and this is what she recommended:
Now that the flu season (also known as flu or flu) is about to begin, it is important to clear up a number of myths and misinformation. The first thing is not to confuse a common cold with influenza or flu. Both attack the airways, but are caused by different viruses.
Influenza is caused by a variety of influenza viruses known as RNA-ribonucleic acid viruses, while the cold can be caused by more than 200 types of viruses, the most common being rhinoviruses. While it is true that they share similar symptoms, influenza symptoms are always more severe and can have serious complications.
Among the symptoms that one and the other share are body pain, nasal congestion, headache, sneezing, cough and fever. In the case of influenza, the symptoms are more severe. Other differences include: that the onset tends to be gradual in a common cold, you rarely have chills, fever, headache, and tiredness (or the fatigue is mild) and it is common to have sneezes, a stuffy nose, cough, and sore throat. On the other hand, the onset tends to be sudden in influenza or flu, with chills, fever, body aches and tiredness. You often have a headache and cough, but you may or may not have a sore throat, a stuffy nose, and sneezing.
Why is it important to know the difference? Because a cold usually passes after a couple of days, but influenza causes, on average, more than 250,000 people to be admitted to the hospital due to complications, and 40,000 people die in the United States alone in the course of a year.
In addition, millions of people get sick, miss school, work or major events, and spend money on over-the-counter “flu or flu remedies”. Complications and deaths are frequent, especially among infants, young children, those with chronic diseases, the elderly, pregnant women, and obese people.
Hence the importance of vaccination against influenza, flu or flu. Pregnant women and young children belong to the high-risk groups. And it's not only safe for pregnant women to get vaccinated, the vaccine will protect them and their babies in the first months of life when babies depend on the mother's antibodies. If the mother contracts influenza, it can cause serious complications during pregnancy and even premature delivery. Pregnant women should receive the flu shot (not intranasal).
Stop the Flu! 6 foods that boost the immune system
There is a belief that the vaccine can cause the disease to whoever gets it. This is false since injectable flu vaccines contain pieces of inactivated influenza virus protein and it is impossible for them to "cause" the disease. The nasal spray vaccine contains live flu organisms that are weakened and cannot multiply to cause disease. Sometimes, you can have some symptoms associated with the formation of antibodies against the flu.
In the influenza or flu season that runs from September to April, the following are recommended so that both children (6 months and older) and other family members avoid contracting influenza:
Get the flu shot. Ideally, get vaccinated before the start of the flu, flu, or flu season, because it can take about two weeks for the vaccine to form antibodies. It is never too late to do so. Even if you have contracted influenza if you have not been vaccinated, getting vaccinated still offers protection against other strains (types of viruses) to which you have not been exposed.
- Wash your hands correctly and frequently with warm soapy water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after using the bathroom and before eating or touching your face. If you use a public toilet, turn off the water and open the door to leave with a paper towel.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. This is a way of transmitting viruses from one person to another.
- Avoid being around people who are sick, whenever possible.
- Get enough sleep, eat healthy, don't smoke. Carrying healthy habits helps us avoid diseases, in general.
- Stay home if we get sick to avoid infecting others.
- Cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, to avoid infecting others.
Finally, remember that in addition to the flu vaccine that is prepared and that must be received every year, there are others such as the MMR vaccine against mumps and rubella (known as MMR); Tdpa, against tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis or whooping cough and others that depend on the person's age.
Prevention is better than remedy. If all of us who do not have contraindications to vaccinate (such as people who are receiving chemotherapy for cancer or have their defense system suppressed by any disease) get vaccinated, we can prevent thousands of cases of influenza and if it gives us, it will be much more Mild with less risk of complications. In this way we protect ourselves and the people who really cannot be vaccinated. We all win!