Iâ€™m sorry to write about the same topic on two consecutive weeks, but this really deserves the attention. Last week I wrote about how weâ€™re still not past the peak of this flu season and how the flu shot this year has been less effective, and I linked to a few authoritative web sites that I thought would be useful.
This week, allow me some personal observations.
This yearâ€™s flu is hellish. Iâ€™ve had young healthy patients whoâ€™ve been in bed for two weeks with it. The important thing to know for those of you who donâ€™t have it (yet) is that there is an antiviral medicine, Tamiflu, which shortens the duration of the flu if itâ€™s started in the first 48 hours of symptoms. So if you develop a high fever, aches, and a cough call your doctor that day. Iâ€™ve seen several people who had already been ill for a week, and didnâ€™t call sooner because they were sure they were about to improve. I had nothing to offer them but medicines for their symptoms and sympathy. This isnâ€™t the year to postpone getting attention for the flu.
Next week, I promise to educate you about something else.
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