Prepping for peak flu season


by KVUE News

Posted on January 13, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 14 at 10:32 AM

AUSTIN -- During flu season doctors urge you to take precautions not to catch the flu, especially since there is no cure for the virus.

They advise avoiding malls, movie theaters and any other places that you might come into close contact with others.

"When someone sneezes, those germs travel 10 to 20 feet," Emergency Room Medical Director at Scott & White Health Care in Round Rock Dr. Ross Tobleman said.

He says they're still seeing between 10 and 20 people a day with flu-like symptoms.

On Friday the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department released their latest report on the flu.

A map of Texas shows where both strains of  influenza, type A and B, have been reported.

"This year the flu shot strain for Influenza A was right on the money. H3N2 and it's a great match," Dr. Tobleman said.

As for type B, he says it's about a 60 to 70 percent match.

He says Tami Flu is available, but he doesn't recommend it to all his patients.

If you're a healthy person, Dr. Tobleman says the best treatment is to drink fluids, rest and take Tylenol. He also says patients should stay home and rest until they get better.

For those who want to treat symptoms the homeopathic way, he suggests Vitamin C, Echinancea and Zinc.

The Wellness Department at People's Pharmacy says if you've been throwing up or have diarrhea, probiotics can help calm your stomach. They also suggest trying elderberry, an anti-viral product, and resting. You should also drink plenty of water and eat a nutrient dense diet.

Flu symptoms usually last from five to seven days. Then it takes another three to five days to get back to 100 percent.

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