How to prevent the flu
Dr. Samaldi weighs in
- Duration 3:49
- Date Jan 5, 2013
Dr. Samaldi weighs in
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-- this year's flu season is already gotten off to very early and deadly start.
Thousands of people have been infected more than half of the country and that's just the first few weeks of winter alone.
So what can we do to keep from getting sick doctor David -- body is a Fox News medical a -- Chief of the division of robotics at Mount Sinai Medical Center here in New York happy and you're good to see -- here so let me just get this straight if you've you've gotten a flu shot.
Or you know members of your -- Are you coming down with the flu is this a strain that is sort of superseding those who got injections or is this for just people who haven't gotten flu shots.
Just that it's a very important information that you're putting out because just because you've gotten the flu shot.
He doesn't mean that you're not gonna get the flu really now one of the main thing this here is that it's a good match between the vaccine and actual virus.
But you know this there's a reason why we're in trouble over here the last time we had this issue was to -- in 2003.
Whenever you have a flu which is so early.
November December -- -- deep trouble because.
That type of the flu that we have is that influenza a which is H three and -- this particular virus.
Rick is is an aggressive deadly one and has put that thousands of people in the hospital.
Doesn't have kids already have died as a result of this so that's the type of virus there were talking about.
The other thing is when -- you have this bug before the holidays what happens it's a very fluid shift.
People are traveling all over the world and the bugs are just travelling.
So when this happens in January or February which is -- -- -- flu it's not as bad as when people carry this fires all over the country.
And then finally just flew by itself it's really difficult to predict what's going to happen you cough.
And we just -- sneeze or cough you have twenty feet of wires is that you conspirator a lot of people and I know -- walking away but there was amazing now potato head because of that this is a big very important it and didn't know if you're watching this the -- community information advises.
Get vaccinated and vaccinated should get vaccinated even though it doesn't necessarily mean that you not gonna get the -- what it is covering this so it's a good match and that's the first and we need to do of course you have to make sure that you cover your mouth you cover -- these.
If you're sick it's David from other people and then make sure you don't come to work.
All of those -- -- are still there but.
Now you have the flu what you do if you catch it in the first 24 to 48 hours.
Tamiflu which is a prescription medication given waited doctor is going to shorten the period it's not gonna cure it.
It will shorten the period of -- virus to make sure you talk to a doctor and get a vaccination.
The good news is that this year particularly we have over 135.
Million vaccination that was produced and we already had given a 127.
So you've done a good job -- getting the people out there to get vaccination.
And a lot of myths about you know I'm -- gonna get sick if I get the flu shot or not.
None of it is true so my -- -- has yet a -- get it is there anyone who is most susceptible who.
Absolutely must go and get a flu shot I've always heard a pregnant women.
You also get a -- young children.
-- there's six to five if you have any kind of chronic disease immune compromised.
-- problem -- you're immune system you've got to protect yourself mind you if you get the vaccination today he won't kick in front of the two weeks.
Because of body has to react to it has to build of those.
Defenses soldiers -- make sure that he works well.
But but because that -- stuff I mean it is is -- killer.
Well that it doesn't have kids have died we have had over 121000.
Hospitalizations it is serious but -- That's a physician and -- a network.
Pardo was to get -- for I don't know -- -- -- -- -- so -- is there's serious enough that we'll talk about it on Sunday house calling you and doctor -- join us tomorrow we will we will cover this again tomorrow I look forward to it Breck will be in for Eric so it'll be asked again I hope you all -- join us as well thank.