FDA approves 10 minute flu test
Flu cases hit record low
- Duration 4:22
- Date Feb 26, 2012
Flu cases hit record low
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And it is time now for Sunday house call joining us this morning doctor Marc Siegel associate professor of medicine at the NYU -- -- medical center and the author of the -- calls unlocking the secret code.
Of sickness and health we're gonna do that today and we aren't doctor -- somebody's vice chairman of the department of urology and chief -- robotics.
At the Mount Sinai Medical Center here in New York's it.
-- great receiver regarding -- -- -- feeling this morning wonderful we're gonna help the folks out there who warrant for regretted its flu season.
And I see doctor Siegel came prepared with syringes which is why I moved my chair over a little bit.
-- the question is do you have the flu the FDA has cleared this brand new task.
And it provides results in just ten minutes we have ten minutes but I got my flu -- ready I was asking -- Eric wanted to.
Did you get your side of a flu shot I got the flu anyway like two weeks ago but but they say it's a milder.
Season this season because I didn't have the.
The -- I just have body extra two days and then.
It was well first of all let's talk about that it's been a very mild flu season so far.
But it's the latest flu season in thirteen years here and that the thing here is.
That it's still can be a flu season and I'm still expecting -- -- right now we're seeing outbreaks in California and Colorado and Missouri and throughout the midwest.
And it's starting to become widespread in these areas.
Two strains that are most predominant are the same to his last year so a lot of us have immunity I'm still expecting a mild season but I'll -- what I tell people.
The flu symptoms are classic error they're classic so we could talk about all the tests we want in this new one is rapid and it's more accurate than previous ones.
The wait to diagnose the flu is clinically.
If you have red eyes -- give a sore throat.
If you have muscle aches if you have favorite and most importantly if it comes on you suddenly with tons of fatigue.
That's the flu used to be called the grip I have four cases this week -- -- the -- now they vary somewhat.
But they all had to recognize that you'll have the -- and I put three of them on Tamiflu which is an anti viral -- wow which helps them get better quicker.
It really works it works it.
You wants recommended another nasal spray aren't Los -- something that could shorten the time of the flu but now you're saying that there's a new test to.
Must -- test every time we're not shore.
You know less than there was a new test out Jamie I used it and it was always negative so I'm waiting to see the studies on this to see whether it's actually gonna end up being accurate but I think it's clinical.
I think that I can tell or very productive -- used to seeing the flu can tell.
And once you have the symptoms you treat and we look for secondary infections like sinus infections bronchitis ear infections pneumonia.
That's what gets you with the -- and we were very concerned about people that are chronically -- getting the flu so what to call doctors -- While I think I think when he comes to these tests you have to be careful that you don't generalize every one -- based on the CDC guidelines.
There are certain criteria is our patients that should be treated so if you're going to get the test.
Are you gonna give this Tamiflu it's going to be kids younger than two years old it's gonna be adults over 65 is to have chronic disease if -- have asthma cardiovascular disease.
If we -- suppress HIV patients or if you're a resident of some of the nursing homes.
Those are the ones that we want to be very aggressive but the truth is when he coughs the flu this basically goes away within seven to ten days.
So as mark mentioned this is -- clinical diagnoses.
Most of this up that we do we taking care of the symptoms what are we doing great you know hydration Dick suggestions Ibuprofen and by itself it passes.
Then off course when durst is sick pitches or elderly you want to be really careful.
Wash your hands frequently make sure you get the vaccine every year every year they have a different -- so you've got to make sure that you do it every year.
If you have the symptoms stay away from the public you don't want to contaminate -- workers.
And other people you don't have Norton mass and then of course the other thing is a popular talk about -- -- and Asia vitamin C and zinc.
So -- -- mention that these there we don't really have good scientific data to back it up if you've been taking them and it helps you.
Whether it's a placebo effect or really helps they're going to take -- there's no harm but we don't have good data to show that helps.
One last point to emphasize what David just said it's a late flu season has been 135 million doses of flu vaccine already it's still not too -- it works in three weeks -- brought in here you'll vaccinated at home get erections camera to -- and proud of us contact Alberto -- -- -- -- --