Flu Widespread and is Spreading in United States
The seasonal flu is now widespread in at least 25 states. Most of the flu cases are attributed to the H1N1 virus the CDC said today. This season’s flu virus has killed 6 children to date in the United States. The H1N1 virus was more susceptible to younger people back in 2009 when it first emerged. The CDC says it is too early to tell if that will be the case for this year’s flu.
Flu Cases Jumped
Flu cases jumped this week from 10 states to 25 states. The states with flu widespread include:
- New York
- North Carolina
- Washington state
Texas has been hit the hardest to date with 25 people dead from this season’s flu virus. Back in 2009 it was called the Swine Flu but it has since established itself as a human flu. This strain (H1N1) was put into this year’s vaccine as well.
Vaccinations Are Being Urged
Doctors are urging everyone 6 months and older to get their flu vaccinations. If you do come down with the flu you should get antiviral medications. They should be taken within 2 days of becoming sick to help you feel better.
Other Ways To Prevent Catching The Flu
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water frequently.
- Wear protective clothing like Vestex medical apparel that prevent bodily fluids from reaching you and being spread from person to person.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes properly to avoid spreading germs.
- Stay away from sick people and crowds during flu outbreaks.
Do you know friends and co-workers with the flu widespread in your area?
What are you doing to prevent catching the flu this season?
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Bacteria You Encounter Daily
Do you ever wonder how much of it you come across each day? The amount may truly amaze you. If you work in an office or use the bathroom you will encounter it no matter what you do. The only way to fight them is to simply wash your hands with plain soap and warm water. Of course if you work in healthcare you may come across even more it!
It is best to use the plain old fashioned soap and water and NOT those antibacterial soaps. The FDA is not so sure these antibacterial soaps are safe for long term use anymore. The FDA is concerned that long term use of these soaps may cause resistance to these chemicals and cause people not be able to fight the bacteria. The FDA just recently asked the makers of these antibacterial soaps to prove the effectiveness of them before they pull them off the market and your local store’s shelves.
The FDA is concerned about the Triclosan that is found in these types of soap. They are concerned that it is risky to use multiple times per day as many people do. This chemical in them may cause cancer and may NOT even fight off the bacteria after long term use. Other researchers have found it may be an anti-inflammatory. The FDA claims these soaps are not proven to work any better than soap and water and may cause harm. Much more research must be done on these types of soaps to come to any conclusions.
Don’t Get Sick From Your Thanksgiving This Year
Each year many families can come down with a bacterial infection from their Thanksgiving meal. Each year 48 million Americans get sick from a food borne illness sometime during the year. Don’t let that happen to you and your family this holiday season. Salmonella can be deadly. Check out the tips below to avoid getting sick from your turkey.
MERS Virus from a Camel Connection
The deadly MERS virus that started back in 2012 has killed 64 people and sickened over a hundred people. A man from Saudi Arabia got sick from the MERS Virus and his camel was found with the virus too. The health minister there called the discovery significant. This could be the missing link for finding the source and possibly a cure for this virus.