Wow Sally- you've had it rough for a few months. The problem lies int hat you can start with one virus and it weakens your resistance and before you know it you have moved onto another virus. But, washing your hands very very often, not touching your eyes, nose or mouth and styaing hyrdrated and rested really help prevent picking up many viruses.
Hi Greg. Yes there is a nasal vaccine for healthy persons between 2 years of age and 49.
Sally - I don't suggest you retreat from life. Obviously, don't sit next to someone hacking and coughing. You can really protect your self by washing your hands well and often, don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth as these are portals of entry, drink lots of water and get rest. Enjoy the games.
Greg - that is a huge dilemma and you are not alone. For the sake of good public health sick persons should stay home when ill and employers should encourage that. Coming to work ill can mean that more persons at your work will become ill from you spreading the illness.
Emily, I do not have data that would reflect how many persons got the flu after the flu shot. But, there are many reasons that could happen. These include the time period between getting the vaccine and adequate antibodies ( 2 weeks), a strain that was not in the vaccine, or the person did not make adequate antibodies.
Good question Kendra. In Ohio, the "usual peak" of flu cases occur from January through March with fewer cases before then. This year there are heavy numbers of confirmed influenza cases and increased cases of persons hospitalized with flu. We have months to go yet for flu season.
Emily, I am happy that you have not had a case of flu. The past years have been very mild for circulating virus in our area. Very few persons had the flu in our area for the last few years.
Emily, I think it would be safe to assume that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collect data from sentinel sites to analyze.
You can log onto www.cdc.gov and there is a section for the public. There is a contact number listed also.
Hi Sandie- you are right, hand sanitizers can dry your hands out. The best defense against that is to moisturize your hands after using a hand sanitizer. With continued use you can get those cracks healed up. It is not to late to get a flu shot and it is not hard to find a place to get one. Remember to increase your consumption of water which will also help keep you from drying out.
Ravi, the push to have every health care worker vaccinated was to prevent ill persons and those that could not get vaccinated (while in the hospital) protected from the flu. It is important to remember that not everyone can get the flu vaccine. Persons that are immune compromised, undergoing chemo therapy, without a spleen and many more can not get vaccine. It is up to us to be protected so we can protect them.
Lisa - there is no way to know for sure but usually not more than a few days. I suggest you call your MD for some assistance. Stay hydrated and rest.
Lisa, remember to cover your cough and wash your hands often. Enjoy your work.
Jen, A vaccinated person protects unprotected persons by not contracting the disease in the first place to pass on in the first place. Vaccinated persons do not shed the virus they are protected from.
Lisa, I can not diagnose you over the computer. It may be time to call your MD.
Lisa, if you can stay home until you feel better that may be right for you. But if not follow the general guidelines for not passing on germs and viruses.
Dana, in general flu virus live for a short period of time on surfaces. I would not worry about your gloves and un-gloved hands. Wash your hands often and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth as this is the way these virus enter the body
Unfortunately Jen is not posting accurate facts, but myths and misconceptions that continue to spread.
This concludes our live chat today. Thank you all for participating and special thanks to Cindy Modie for taking the time to answer our questions!