What do you need to know about nationwide flu outbreak?
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in
- Duration 2:51
- Date Jan 11, 2013
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in
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Fear is creating a lot of questions we know you have many so we brought in doctor Mark Siegel to answer some of those doctors say -- great to see you see you my first and let's start this question.
When you go to the hospital when -- your symptoms how do you know how bad your symptoms are the should prompt going to the hospital.
You know Alison King questioned because you don't want to -- -- -- the equation here you don't wanna go to the hospital unnecessarily because you can pick up germs there and you can block people.
Who have life threatening conditions.
You know you don't want to block someone that's having a heart attack -- these emergency treatment when you go to the hospital you go -- your doctor tell you to go when you can't keep fluids down.
When your fever is very high.
And then when you don't know which you have that's when you go to the hospital but for most people you know you have fatigue you have muscle aches you have headache you have fever.
You have sore throat you have some.
Nasal congestion that's probably the flow but most of the time that can be treated with a doctor's visit rather than go to the -- OK good you know meanwhile our viewers have a lot of questions so they've written -- -- Charles asks how do you explain the fact that people who have gotten the flu shot are still getting the flu.
People are not getting the flu from the flu shot here's what the flu shot uses a dead virus we take a virus.
Put it in chicken -- still actually then.
When we're done with -- the virus is dead when it's injected into your body it cannot infect human -- cannot get -- -- from can't -- -- so -- but I -- his question as you can still get the -- Even if you've gotten the flu shot you can still littered the floor not a 100% to eight you can get an allergic reaction to the flu shot which is not the flu and be to your question yes -- it could be a different strain it may not be the strain that's in the shot.
Or the shot itself is not a 100% effective against the strains out there see you could actually get sick from the same thing the flu shots trying to cover.
Got it -- meanwhile Tom from Missouri says.
I heard the flu shots only protect us for three months if we get a shot early on is a second one recommended to last the entire flu season.
Tom nine months not three months it will -- for nine months but you bring up a good question if you're very young you may need a second flu -- if you're very -- your immunity isn't what it would be what it used to be maybe the second flu shot for most people once -- -- if you've got what -- September -- you're still covered.
I think I did -- -- is what Eddie asked this is a good question should you still get a flu shot if you have already survived an experience with this ugly bug.
-- only have a lingering -- if you've got the flu this season are you now converter do you still need to go get a flu shot.
-- you need it -- Unita flu shots still could you may not have had the kind of -- you think you have that nasty bug that we're talking about the Teresa was talking about the H three N two may not be what you.
You don't have any way of knowing that get the flu shot just to be sure.
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