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I hate having shots! But I made sure that I went to get the flu shot last week. That quick jab with the needle was uncomfortable, but I left the pharmacy knowing that I did a good deed for Mom.
In my role as a caregiver , I am trying to think differently about my own preventative care. Anything I do has to have not only a benefit for me, but also provide some level of safeguard to my health that will prevent me from unwittingly harming Mom. You see, I don’t want to expose my mother or the other residents at the nursing home to a disease that has grave consequences for them. And as winter’s flu season quickly approaches, that commitment takes extra vigilance.
So I find that at this time of the year, I try to take extra precautions related to my health. I am drinking more orange juice and taking my vitamins. I’m constantly carrying a glass of water, which I sip from often. If I am going to take a snack over to Mom, I often pick up fruit smoothies with mine reinforced with vitamins th...
October is the beginning of flu season and medical offices, hospitals and clinics, schools and employers around the country are now offering the flu vaccine, either through the "flu shot" or a nasal-spray called LAIV (FluMist®). You might be wondering why I am writing about the flu vaccine on an RA webpage . It's because people with RA and other chronic conditions are at higher risk for developing the flu and complications from the flu, especially those of us who take immunosuppressant drugs like TNF-inhibitors . For that reason, my rheumatologist is adamant that I get the vaccine every year, since I have no allergies or other contraindications for receiving it. Others at most risk are the very young, older people, and caregivers to people at higher risk. Here are a few statistics from the Centers for Disease Control: every year in the United States, about 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and; a...
Colds and flus are NOT cured by antibiotics.
Antibiotics - colds and flu
Antibiotics will fight bacterial infections, but they do not treat viral infections such as colds and the flu . If you have a viral infection, antibiotics will NOT make you better.
Antibiotics can destroy normal ("healthy") bacteria that live in your body. This can result in symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, and vaginal yeast infections.
The overuse of antibiotics has contributed to the rise in drug-resistant bacterial infections. Taking antibiotics also poses a risk of allergic reactions, so they should not be taken when there is no possible benefit.
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