How to avoid the flu with this 10-step guide
A quick scan of your body, like a CT scan, can help doctors diagnose flu.
But if you have other symptoms that can’t be diagnosed by a scan, you can have them confirmed with an MRI, which is much more accurate and doesn’t take as long.
The best way to prevent a flu-related emergency is to stay home.
CBC HealthDr. Julie McElroy says this is the key to avoiding a flu emergency: Stay home.
“The first thing to do is to make sure that you’re home,” McElry says.
“I’ve seen some of my patients who have come in and have come out without any symptoms.”
A flu shot is the best thing to have, she says.
The shot should be administered every two to three days, and if you’re not getting enough, it might be time to get tested.
If you have to travel, McElroys says, you should be prepared to take a day or two off work to avoid travel-related illness.
The first thing you need to do, McEllry says, is get a flu vaccine.
You can get one from the doctor, but she says it’s best to get one at home.
McElray says people can take up to four doses at a time, so there’s no need to worry about running out.
She also says to avoid being in public places, it’s wise to wear a mask.
You may be able to get a second shot, or you could opt to take another at home or at the doctor’s office.
If the flu vaccine doesn’t work, McErry says it could take several weeks before symptoms go away.
That could be too long to wait, though.
McEllrry says if you can’t get a vaccine, you might need to consider taking an antibiotic.
She suggests taking the flu shot for the first four weeks of the flu, then gradually decreasing it every three weeks, if possible.
When it does get worse, the recommended dose is about four to five shots.
The most effective way to get vaccinated is through the flu vaccination schedule, McElsry says: Use the schedule that is most likely to get you the vaccine.
It will be very important to get it right.