Hawaii doctor gives tips on how to beat a potentially severe flu season


FLU SEASON, AND 2019 COULD BE AN ESPECIALLY NASTY ONE. SAM SPANGLER SPOKE TO A DOCTOR TODAY, HE HAS SOME TIPS ON HOW TO STAY HEALTHY. SAM? FLU SEASONS ARE BROKEN UP BY HEMISPHERES WORLDWIDE WITH THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE COMING EARLIER…AND THIS YEAR CASES FROM 2018, THE HIGHEST IN THEIR HISTORY…BUT A PHYSICIAN I SPOKE TO TODAY SAYS HAWAII IS UNIQUE WHEN IT COMES TO TRENDS… DR. ROBERT RUGGIERI: “I’VE SEEN SOME REPORTS THAT SAY IT’S GOING TO BE A BUSY FLU SEASON, HOWEVER HAWAII IS A DIFFERENT ANIMAL. SOMETIMES THE MAINLAND HAS A BUSY FLU SEASON AND OURS ISN’T TOO BAD AND SOMETIMES VICE VERSA. BETTER TO BE SAFE AND GET THE FLU SHOT.” ACCORDING TO A HARVARD UNIVERSITY STUDY… THE FLU IS RESPONSIBLE FOR 36,000 DEATHS ANNUALLY IN THE UNITED STATES…THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE IS THE FLU SHOT AVAILABLE AT MOST PHARMACIES OR DOCTOR’S OFFICES…IT’S MADE WITH AN INACTIVE FORM OF THE VIRUS…SO YOU THE FLU… DR. ROBERT RUGGIERI: “YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT IT CANNOT GIVE YOU THE FLU. YOU CAN GET FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS FOR A DAY OR SO MILDER FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS BUT THAT’S NOT THAT COMMON IN MY OPINION.” SAM SPANGLER: “DEPENDING ON YOUR FLU SHOT USUALLY COMES AT NO COST. NOW ADMINISTRATION IT’S QUICK AND RELATIVELY PAIN FREE.” 5:54 EVEN IF YOU DO GET THE FLU VACCINE, IT IS NOT 100-PERCENT EFFECTIVE AND TAKES TWO WEEKS TO REACH FULL STRENGTH, SO GOOD HYGEINE PRACTICE IS A GREAT WAY TO AVOID DISEASE… DR. ROBERT RUGGIERI: “AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE BECAUSE OFTEN IT’S TRANSMITTED FROM MUCUS MEMBRANES FROM THE NOSE, THE EYES, THE MOUTH THINGS LIKE THAT. COUGH INTO YOUR SLEEVE, WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY. AVOID SHARING THINGS, AVOID TOUCHING SURFACES THAT MIGHT BE CONTAMINATED.” FLU SYMPTOMS CAN RESEMBLE SOME DR. ROBERT RUGGIERI: I OFTEN TELL PEOPLE, AND THIS IS MY PERSPECTIVE ON THE FLU. THE MORE SYMPTOMS YOU HAVE THE MORE LIKELY IT IS THE FLU. THE COMMON PRESENTING SIGNS OF THE FLU USUALLY HIGH FEVER, HEADACHE BODY ACHE FATIGUE, YOU CERTAINLY COUGH RUNNY NOSE SORE THROAT. I’VE NAMED LIKE EIGHT SYMPTOMS THERE, 99 PERCENT CERTAIN YOU’VE GOT THE FLU.” SAM: DR. RUGGIERI ALSO NOTED THAT THE TAMIFLU ANTI- VIRAL TREATMENT IS EFFECTIVE IF TAKEN WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE ONSET OF FLU SYMPTOMS…SO IF YOU HAVE THOSE SYMPTOMS….CALL OR VISIT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER…DASH BACK TO YOU.

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