A series of articles detailing how to cope with the flu, which hit Australia late last year, have made the rounds in Australia’s newspapers.
The latest article is by Dr Peter Wilson, a naturopathic medicine doctor from the University of Sydney, who was featured in the New York Times’ cover story last month.
He writes: “It’s a big flu pandemics and there’s not a lot of information out there to help you manage the symptoms.”
He explains that a common response among doctors is to try and manage the flu symptoms themselves.
“We think it’s important for people to understand that the flu is not necessarily an illness, it’s a lifestyle,” Dr Wilson says.
“It’s not like it’s contagious or it’s an illness.”
Flu symptoms can be really intense and the flu can be quite painful.
“He continues: “If you are struggling to cope and want to be sure you’re well, and you can take your medication, the flu treatment may be a good choice.
“If you can’t take your flu medication, you’re likely to be more susceptible to getting a cold, or worse, influenza.”
He recommends that people get a flu shot every three months.
He also recommends that doctors check in with their patients regularly to make sure they are still receiving the correct doses of medication, and to make certain that they have taken their prescribed flu shots.
Dr Wilson has written an article for ABC News titled “The flu isn’t an illness” and he suggests people check in frequently with their doctors and make sure their prescriptions are up to date.
But what is the flu?
The flu is caused by a virus that spreads through the air.
It usually strikes people in their late 20s and 30s and is spread through coughs and sneezes, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe.
Its symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough, run, runnier and runny mouth.
Symptoms can include:FeverFever is often accompanied by coughs, sneezing and runty eyes.
NauseaNauseas are also common in people with flu.
VomitingVomitting can be a symptom of flu.
It can also be a sign of dehydration.
DizzinessDizzies can be very annoying.
Feeling weakFeeling dizzy or lightheaded is a sign that you are in a low-grade flu episode.
DiarrheaDiarrhoea is a condition that can be caused by influenza, or it can be due to dehydration.
Symptoms include:HeadacheHeadache and other head and neck pain are common in flu.
Symptom severity is usually mild to moderate.
Dr Wilson suggests taking a flu vaccination.
Flu vaccines are usually given between 2-7 days before you start the flu vaccine.
They can be administered at the doctor’s office, or through a pharmacy.
There are also flu shot tablets that contain different types of flu vaccine, but they are often less effective than flu shots in terms of preventing the flu.
Dr David Jaffe, the director of the Department of Health, says flu vaccines are safe and effective.
However, he cautions people to be cautious about the flu shot.
“Don’t rush through this process,” Dr Jaffe says.
People who have been through a flu pandemaker in the past are more likely to get a cold.
Dr Jaffe recommends taking flu shots regularly, and also getting vaccinated for the flu in the future.
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