Dr Oz: Flu Shot vs Nasal Spray
Dr. Oz has a health warning about the H1N1 virus that everyone needs to hear! It was responsible for a global pandemic in 2009 and is back and causing a rise a in flu-related deaths, especially in those who are young and otherwise healthy. Could you be at risk for the killer flu?
Dr Oz: Flu Warning Signs
Dr. Oz says this has been a devastating flu season, especially for younger people who seem to be left vulnerable to the H1N1 virus. Dr. Neal Flomenbaum, Chief of Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, says the reason for this is because they are an age group that has never bothered to get the flu vaccine before, which leaves them susceptible to a major flu epidemic.
Dr. Oz explains that the flu began to spread across the country like crazy back in January and it is still having a huge impact today. He says the H1N1 virus gets into the body and infiltrates the lungs, which is the reason most people die from it. Fluid begins to fill up in the lungs, which causes a person to drown in their own saliva due to a lack of oxygen.
Classic Flu Warning Signs:
- Sore throat
- Stuffy nose
- Body aches
Dr. Oz says the biggest warning sign you should not ignore is the body aches because if you are body sore all over it is a sign there is a virus throughout your entire body. Dr. Neal Flomenbaum says if you experience flu warning signs it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible because getting prompt treatment could literally save your life.
Dr Oz: Flu Vaccine Recommendation
Dr. Oz shares that most of us know the basic rules to follow when it comes to flu prevention, including washing your hands, coughing into your elbow, and staying home when you are sick, but he asked Dr. Flomenbaum to share what else you can do to prevent the flu. Dr. Flomenbaum says the best way to protect yourself is with the flu vaccine because he says it is not too late to get the shot and it is definitely not too late to get sick.
- Vaccination comes in a shot or nasal spray, which is good for those afraid of needles.
- Flu shot can lower your risk by 60%.
- Takes about 1-2 weeks to boost your immune system.
- Recommended for everyone 6 months and older.
- Get a new flu shot every year.
- Nasal spray recommended for those between the ages of 2 and 49.