Have a question or comment? Click here. Are there things you want to know about the flu and the flu vaccine? If so, you're going to love this article. I recently had the opportunity to speak one on one with Dr. Carolyn Bridges, the Associate Director for Science in the Influenza Division of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) . This CDC unit is responsible for a number of tasks, including: Year-round influenza surveillance throughout the world Coordinating with state and local health departments Global decision-making with the World Health Organization (WHO) on flu vaccine content twice a year Influenza risk assessments Studies of the flu disease burden Antiviral resistance research and monitoring Improving community and public awareness of the flu and flu prevention As you can see, the Influenza Division has their hands full. They also maintain a comprehensive mini site about the flu and flu vaccine: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm You'll find answers to most of your...
Medications Vaccines are available to prevent influenza (See Viral Influenza Vaccines section in this report). For mild influenza, symptom relief is similar to that for colds. Who Needs Antiviral Drugs Two classes of antiviral agents have been developed to treat influenza: neuraminidase inhibitors and M2 inhibitors. These drugs can shorten symptoms but there is no indication that they can prevent or reduce complications such as pneumonia. They do not help if they are started after the first 36 hours of illness. Because of emerging drug resistance, some experts suggest these drugs be reserved for severely ill patients or those at high risk. Most people who get seasonal flu or H1N1 flu will likely recover without needing medical care. Doctors, however, can prescribe antiviral drugs to treat people who become very sick with the flu or are at high risk for flu complications. If you need treatment for the flu, the CDC recommends that your doctor give you zanamivir (Relenza) or osteltamivir (Tami...
Flu and exercise; Colds and exercise
Can exercise help you avoid colds and flus?
Exercise helps the disease-fighting white blood cells in the body move from the organs into the bloodstream.
Overall, you can improve your immune system by eating a proper diet, getting enough rest, reducing stress, and exercising regularly. This will decrease your chances of getting a cold or the flu.
Even if studies find that exercise doesn't prevent colds or the flu, exercise is good for overall health.
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