Flu myths debunked
Drs. Siegel and Samadi explain
- Duration 4:04
- Date Nov 26, 2012
Drs. Siegel and Samadi explain
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And back -- Sunday house call and winters on its way you know what that means flu time.
How to get it -- not get it how to prevent of the doctors here are some facts and some myths about the flu that the single already got my flu shot because man I don't wanna get it again.
I'm so glad you got it there's a 150 million doses of it out there.
Flu shots tend to be about 60% protective against the flow.
You can protect your house with what's called herd immunity you won a ring of immunity so that those are most at risk don't get it.
The young very old people with chronic illnesses people with asthma we need to protect -- mean I'm -- everyone in your family -- everywhere you really should have it to decrease the risk of flu getting into the family -- it's not a 100% protective.
Myth number one.
Can you get the flu from the flu shot -- It's in there I think.
At -- now.
And you cannot you win and not get get the gold price you cannot and there's only a 42% compliance with flu shots -- most people out there think you can.
And get the flu from a flu shot.
It is a dead virus you can get a few symptoms for 24 hours you can get a little -- -- or -- even.
It's more or less an allergy to it you cannot get the flu from a -- -- But the big question that comes it would -- -- people come up to me in this and we'll did you get your flu shot or.
Some some people answer I got the flu shot last year why -- they -- it again this year and and the answer is that every year this strain of this flu.
Changes and you really have to prepare your -- every year you have to -- the -- to be prepared for it.
Bigger question that comes up that that people asked online was I'm pregnant should I go -- to get their flu shot them because as mark mentioned because it's a dead virus.
It's perfectly okay for pregnant women to get -- the flu shot you don't want to get the nasal spray because that's alive.
That a virus and that's dangerous to pregnant women.
You know I.
My family we always believe in -- -- and Asia and vitamin C -- like you know wintertime you -- -- vitamin C your protective.
Unfortunately the data on these is very weak and I know a lot there will be disappointed by this he may shorten the period of your flu but he doesn't preventive.
And that's why our good doctor Marc Siegel gives Tamiflu.
When there's a flu season because it shortens the period and I'm sorry zee pac is not the answer.
That's some -- and -- -- -- -- you're looking at me you know I don't like crazy backgrounds I'm all about all of -- under my -- for the 45 seconds and then slammed with a letter I want the former -- right we have an oregano we get all of oregano or -- I get sick because it's old but it's not bacterial its Mars and that's what -- -- -- -- There are literally forgot that the flow is an enabler the -- -- the flu is even for young people it's called the -- -- -- used to hold the grip and make your very we can knock you down you can get sinus infection bronchitis.
You get pneumonia can get secondary infections -- before we got to prevent -- the way to prevent it washing your hands isolating yourself if you're sixty and home from work stay home from school.
And you still get the flu shot takes about three weeks to work.
But but I think what people really want to know is it is really safe because there's a whole fear factor since 1979.
That he can affect him in an adverse way.
And the answer is that nobody dies from flu vaccine but 40000 people die from.
Actually influenza while and that's the point of mark destructive people unrealized 40000 people this isn't any solace in this image mostly the elderly -- we got to protect our -- we got to protect our very -- symptoms are very mild.
Basically you may get fever for 24 hours it will pass.
If you think you've got the flu from the vaccine.
That's wrong because it takes couple weeks for the immunity to build up so you probably going to be for the vaccination doctor -- you're saying protect the very young saying young kids.
Six I was misunderstood disease control are saying six months and not because they did a lot of studies and many of which from Tennessee by the way which showed.
That kids -- six months to two years are getting the flu.
And they're going to doctors for this reason we got to cut it out before they get it they -- than a full immunity -- that matches the description got the flu -- in either didn't get it you know.
All right very good thank you.