Family Doctors Offer Tips to Stay Healthy This Flu Season

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Those still putting off their H1N1 and seasonal flu shots might want to rethink their ignore-the-flu-and-it-won’t-happen strategy. Family physicians report seeing a 78 percent increase in the number of patients suffering flu symptoms. And the flu is easily transferable — touch the wrong door knob or breathe the wrong air, and you might end up in bed with a fever, nausea and chills.

Family doctors are rising to the occasion. According to a survey of 462 doctors conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), 92 percent of doctors have educated their patients about H1N1 flu prevention, while another 84 percent have reviewed their patients’ medical records to identify and inform the most at-risk.

“As community-based physicians caring for the entire family, family doctors are on the front line in combating the H1N1 pandemic,” said Lori Heim, MD, AAFP president. “Physicians are staying up to date on the current clinical recommendations, working with their patients to promote behaviors that will limit the spread of the virus and are also adapting how they operate their practices this flu season.”

The AAFP offers the following tips on preventing and treating H1N1 and seasonal flu:

* Get your flu shots. Vaccination offers the best protection against H1N1 and seasonal flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the H1N1 vaccine is especially important for six-month to 24-year-olds, child care providers, pregnant women, medical personnel and those with compromised immune systems.

* Stay healthy. Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Choose foods rich in vitamin C, like citrus, strawberries, broccoli and cauliflower, and vitamin D, which can be found in fish, fortified milk and some cereals. To keep your immune system functioning at its best, exercise and get enough sleep.

* Know when to seek medical attention. Not everyone with flu-like symptoms needs medical attention -; but some patients may require medical care or anti-viral drugs to beat the infection.

Seek immediate medical attention if children display fast or troubled breathing, bluish skin, an inability to drink fluids, irritability to the point where they cannot be held, a fever with a rash, or symptoms that ease only to become more severe, or if they do not wake up or interact when prompted.

Adults experiencing difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, or severe or persistent vomiting should see a doctor at once.

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Protect Your Family From Swine Flu

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – As you may know, swine flu (H1N1) has barreled back into the Northern Hemisphere. Swine flu is scary because, unlike the seasonal flu, it can be deadly for young, healthy people.

Tamiflu, derived from an essential oil, is the preferred treatment, but it can only be taken after you have a confirmed case of swine flu. Prevention is your family’s best defense.

Many people know the basics of flu prevention. You must wash your hands and cover your coughs. In addition, you can prevent yourself from getting sick by improving your immune system through sufficient sleep and topical use of essential oils.

According to a recent study published in the “Archives of International Medicine,” getting adequate sleep can go a long way toward improving your immune system. The participants who slept less than seven hours were three times more likely to get sick than people who slept eight or more hours.

Much like getting enough sleep, the use of anti-viral oils can mean huge gains for your immune system. For instance, Frankincense and Myrrh makes a Cold and Flu Prevention Rubbing Oil, which helps support strong immune function. The homeopathic formula contains the essential oils of eucalyptus, cinnamon, lemon, rosemary, clove, frankincense and myrrh. Users simply massage the oil into their feet and ankles once or twice daily to boost their immune system.

Essential oils are a great way to boost your immune system and prevent illness. In a study at Wythenshawe Hospital Burns Unit in England, essential oils killed off micro-organisms, and reduced airborne bacteria by 90 percent. Hospital infections were reduced within the nine-month trial.

In a book entitled “Cinnamon and Cassia: The Spices of Life” by P.N. Ravindran, scientific investigation revealed that extracts from cinnamon and cassia strengthen the immune system and exhibit antiviral action against the influenza A virus. In a study published in “BioMed Central Immunology,” eucalyptus essential oils were shown to stimulate immune response both in-vitro and in-vivo.

Eucalyptus is widely used for infectious disease — it improves the activity of white blood cells consuming foreign invaders. The natural occurring complex chemistry in many essential oils such as beta-caryophyllene, 1,8-cineole, eugenol, aldehydes and gamma terpinene, all show anti-viral activity.

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