Dr Oz: How Do I Catch the Flu?
Dr. Oz says we are officially into flu season and this year about 60 million people will get sick, so he wants to help you prepare! Today is the day to get your biggest flu questions answered and Dr. Oz started with the one he gets asked most, how do I catch the flu? He says it can all start with a simple sneeze, which spreads thousands of particles into that air at 100 miles per hour! Those particles enter your body however they can, like through your eyes, nose or into your mouth and then find a place to settle and infect you. Dr. Oz added you could also touch something, like a door handle, that a person has sneezed on and catch a virus because it can live on that surface for 8 hours.
Dr Oz: How Long Does the Flu Last?
The next biggest question people asked regarding the flu was how long it is contagious. This is especially a concern for those parents who have small children who go to a childcare or school setting and are not sure how long to keep them home when they are sick. Dr. Oz explained how an infections progresses day-by-day.
Day 1: You get infected, but are not yet having symptoms.
Day 2: This is the most dangerous day because not only do you still have no symptoms, but you are now officially contagious. Because you are not aware, though, you cannot protect the people around you.
Days 3-6: Here is where you can start to protect everyone because you will begin to feel symptoms like fever and aches and pains.
Day 7: You are no longer contagious and can finally go out and be around other people again.
Day 8: You finally start feeling better, but will still feel a bit tired for about another week.
Dr Oz: Flu Shot vs Flu Spray Which is Better?
Dr. Oz says the next question that puzzles many people is whether they choose to get a flu shot or a flu spray to protect themselves from getting sick. Dr. Oz says they actually both work well, so it is just a matter of preference on how you would like your vaccination administered.
Spray: Best for healthy adults and children over the age of 2 because it is a small amount of a “live” virus that is put into the body.
Shot: Good for healthy adults, pregnant women and elderly because it is a “dead” virus, which mean there is no chance of causing harm, especially to an unborn child.
Dr. Oz says regardless of your choice, you should never get sick from a flu vaccination. He says you may have a reaction to it, but you will not get the flu from a flu vaccine. The other thing to understand is that if you already have the flu and you get a shot it is too late for the vaccine to work, so you will just have to let the virus run its course.
Dr Oz: When Should I Get a Flu Vaccine?
Many people wonder when the best time is to get their flu shot, so Dr. Oz offered tips to help you figure out when to get vaccinated, but he also says it is never too late even if you have already gotten the flu in the current season.
Figure out the time period for flu season – Begins end of September and ends in May