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November Flu Tips

Written by: Nga Tran

When November comes around, many begin to think of the festivities that are lurking just around the corner. In the light of November and Thanksgiving, Phoenix ER and Medical Hospital would first and foremost like to give thanks to everyone who has supported us thus far! We appreciate you all, and are honored to have had the chance to meet you during our recent events at the HealthNow Expo, our official Open House & Ribbon Cutting, as well as our sponsorship at the Harvest Festival in Chandler, AZ.

We hope that you continue to support us and follow us as we continue to bloom. In addition, Phoenix ER and Medical Hospital would also like to give many thanks to our amazing staff and employees. As we prepare for our official opening, our staff has been putting their all into creating a strong service foundation. We strive to provide a customized care plan for each patient – meaning that we will not have standardized tests and treatment for everyone with the same symptoms. Instead, the indicated tests and managements will be tailored and applied to each person, with the appropriate price model.

Given that we are amidst the Fall season, our weather in Arizona is starting to cool down. With this weather change, there also comes the likelihood that you or your loved one may contract influenza (aka flu). The flu is a contagious infection of the respiratory system which is caused by one of the flu virus strains (A and B).

Influenza A

This is the most common form of influenza. Influenza A can affect both animals and humans and has been known for being responsible for the flu epidemics. This viral strain is constantly changing and mutating into new strains.

Influenza B

This virus is only found in humans and can only be transferred from human to human. Influenza B can be just as severe as type A, however is less common. This viral strain mutates slower than the A strain, changing every few years. This viral strain can cause seasonal outbreaks throughout the year.

Prevention:

Since the viral strains are constantly changing and mutating over time, this means that they typically replace the older strains. For example, the flu immunization offered last year may be ineffective for this year’s flu due to the new viral mutation. As a result, it is important to obtain the current year’s influenza immunization to protect yourself and your family. Although the immunization is not 100% effective, this helps in preventing the severe effects that the flu may cause. These are additional ways that you can protect yourselves and your loved ones against the flu this season, which includes:

  • Frequently washing your hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid large crowds when possible to reduce your chances of infection.
  • Take Tylenol / Motrin as needed for fever and body aches.
  • Obtain plenty of rest and hydration.

Treatment:

Common symptoms of the flu may include: fever, chills, fatigue (tiredness), sore throat, cough, runny nose, congestion, headache, and body aches. These symptoms may appear similar to the common cold, but the flu symptoms are often times abrupt in onset. If you are unsure, you can visit your doctor for a flu swab and can be given further information and treatment at that point.

Should your symptoms persist for over 24 hours and become worse with new symptoms of chest pain, difficulty breathing, sudden dizziness, confusion, and severe or persistent vomiting, please visit an emergency medical facility for evaluation and treatment immediately.

We at Phoenix ER and Medical Hospital hope that you and your loved ones remain healthy, hydrated, and safe in the remaining months in 2018. As the holidays are rapidly approaching us, now is the best time of all to take the reigns of our health so that we can enjoy more time with family and friends in these festive months.


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