Dr. Oz Advocates The Flu Shot

January 22, 2013 6:58 am

The flu season this year is one of the worst ever. So, Dr. Oz called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” to tell us about this year’s bug and how to avoid getting it.

Why Is The Flu So Bad This Year?
“This is a bug that was prevalent about 10 years ago. It’s a bad player. It’s actually more lethal than the average flu that we get, but also rapidly increasing all over the country…So, it’s a bad season and it’s one of the reasons again why the flu shot is a smart move if you don’t want to spend 5 days lying on your back.”

On The Flu Shot:
“The flu vaccine is designed by looking at the flu in Southeast Asia about 6 months ago. Because it comes across the planet and hits us a half a year later during our winter. So, this year it’s actually a very good match. The virus, the one we’re worried about, again there a multiple viruses that can cause the flu… but the one that’s hurting everybody is a really good match for this vaccine.”

Do I Have The Flu Or A Cold?
“A cold is something that happens up in your head. You get a sniffly nose, runny eyes, runny nose, and that’s different than a flu. A true flu is muscle aches and pains, malaise, you just can’t get out of bed, and you have a fever. That process usually takes about 5 days. It’s not a 24 hour bug. It’s 5 days of not feeling well, that’s the true flu.”

Flu Prevention & What To Do If You Get The Flu:
“If you get the flu you can take something like Tamiflu, it shaves off maybe 12-24 hours from what you would have experienced. But it’s not quite the same as never getting it to begin with, which is why the vaccine makes the most sense,” he explains. “If you can’t get the flu vaccine sleeping is probably the single best thing you can do to avoid getting the flu, because it keep your immune system strong or get some sunlight. Take your shirt off, if you’re a guy, if you’re a woman show your back or your legs and in parts of the country where it’s colder just snap one of those vitamin D tablets 1000 units a day and it will be a huge benefit to you.”