Nationwide flu outbreak leaves at least 18 children dead
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in
- Duration 3:28
- Date Jan 8, 2013
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in
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But the -- is and it's a good thing this year's flu season already causing alarm right now the CDC.
Says the number of cases is spiking at least eighteen children have died so far and this is -- earliest flu season and at least a decade usually peaks.
A little later this month and into February.
Only about 37%.
Of all of us in this country have been vaccinated which is.
What you know at this point.
The question Los doctor Siegel about that about whether we should at this time.
Forty Wednesday terror -- reporting widespread outbreaks and doctor Siegel is with that so we're hearing this now doctor Siegel.
Should be get vaccinated if we have and are -- with your recommendation.
No question about it you should get vaccinated this 151000 reported cases it's probably more like fifty to a 100000.
Because not all of our cases are officially tested in other words clinicians like me will say -- that's the flu we don't always to a flu test and reported.
But there's still plenty of time to get the vaccine -- we don't expect the flu season to peak.
Tell you the end of this month or sometime next month it takes about three weeks from the time you get the vaccine to you get a immune.
And -- this year looks like it's a very good match CDC got -- straight.
More than that vaccine and the strain that this -- that people are coming -- every right every year -- CDC looks and the World Health Organization looks to see what the prevailing strain is going to be some years they get it right some years they don't this year they got that strain in the vaccines covered why the folks that don't currently and you hear John -- in the background -- -- -- for the planet really the media his sound effects he's saying that I needed that it.
It's a kind of influenza a which is -- worst kind of a flu this particular type.
Is more severe intends to come earlier it's about the kind of fluid -- Now the this -- -- the symptoms of the floor classic fatigue is number one on the list do you feel really tired you can go to work you don't feel like yourself.
That's the flu fever headaches muscle aches sore throat and cough those of the predominance of.
Well a personal experience to share with you my husband had all the Simpsons last week terribly sick went to the doctors they did the flu test turns out.
They said he didn't have the flu.
While those flu tests are only about 60% accurate which is why don't always use them and if they're negative they don't mean.
You don't have the flu -- your husband from what you told -- had different symptoms he had stomach like symptoms which probably weren't the flu but this makes a really important point.
Everyone watching this is thinking do I have the -- -- darling.
John over there do not do you have a -- Which doesn't have a -- -- -- that is really not talk about here porridge I could have but that's but that's a prevailing problem right now -- -- -- you do without if you feel well.
And you know and even if you have a -- but I get The Hague to -- -- -- a temperature.
You probably don't have the flu which have a virus probably call your physician ask your doctor -- you know what if you're a high risk group.
Chronic illness asthma pregnant women.
People that are very young very old I might wanna give you -- -- I want to give you an anti viral drug if I thought you had.
All of our our viewers wish they had your direct line -- -- making tech a huge hit in case some of the bill.
If I don't bleacher -- -- its express -- you're feeling okay this -- it's generic I'm getting my rest and rest and exercise all kidding aside.
Proper diet this helps you ward off the flu that's -- you and if you get sick stay home.
Back casino break he has always in his -- -- right before you leave break that I am extend -- the next hour he can't get no help on John no charge.
Healthier the horse.