A Dose of Reality

31 Dec

This just in! According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza levels in the U.S. have hit “epidemic” levels and are continuing to rise! So much for the Ebola frenzy and media scare from earlier this year even though Fox News still has their Ebola map and timeline updating live on their website with 19,570 cases worldwide. However, They even have an influenza outbreak map up now for the United States…it’s basically just a map of the U.S. colored completely red…because the flu, unlike Ebola, is everywhere! And can affect anywhere from 5 to 20% of the total U.S. population…annually!

Already this year the proportion of deaths reported in 122 American cities from flu and pneumonia so far has surpassed the typical level for late December at 6.8 percent which is the “epidemic threshold” set by the federal health agency. That means that 6.8% of all those who have the flu are dying from the flu…that’s some very sobering info when you consider that 3 people with Ebola had Americans running for cover and politicians calling for quarantines worldwide. On average, there are about 36,000 flu deaths per year in the United States alone!

The CDC has also warned that the H3N2 strain that’s circulating is linked to flu that’s more severe than usual, with already 10 times more cases this year than usual…and Health officials are also recommending people who catch the flu to ask their doctor for an antiviral, such as Tamiflu. But even antivirals can pose a risk for side effects according to the FDA.
So what to do? Well, for one, be careful out there! Stop worrying about sensational media driven diseases and worry about very real, unglamorous, and not very TV sexy diseases like the flu, which are with us everyday and everywhere and always have been. And take care of yourself and be mindful of others around you. Wash your hands, cough into your sleeves and stay home when you are feeling sick…and perhaps most importantly…when it comes to your health just remember to get real…and stay that way!

6 Responses to “A Dose of Reality”

  1. cindy knoke December 31, 2014 at 5:25 am #

    Pretty scary, sort of. I have to go to the NY Times to find any info on ebola. The mainstream media seems to have dropped it like a hot potato, I don’t view fox news though. It seems Amrican media only cover illnesses, like the flu or ebola extensively, when people in the US feel potentially threatened. They always need potential disasters hitting home to garner readership.
    I think ebola is the worst epidemic outbreak in recent history. I follow the NY Times daily for updates on the latest mortality stats and have my biostats prof husb help me decipher them. It is still raging in Sierra Leone, but seem to be improving in Liberia. It astounds me how little we care.
    God Bless the NY Times ( and maybe, who knew? fox news if they are covering it).
    Tamiflu is effective against these flu strains. There is no public health anti-viral for ebola. It death rate continues to be astounding.

    • womanseyeview December 31, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

      Thanks for reminding us how terrifying Ebola is for many Africa countries if not for the Western countries right now.

    • womanseyeview December 31, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

      Thanks for this Cindy.

  2. drkottaway December 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    Reblogged this on KO Rural Mad As Hell Blog.

  3. drkottaway December 31, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Thank you for putting up an influenza post! I reposted and blogged my own!

  4. kingmidget December 31, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    And, why have I never got a flu shot? Because I’ve always viewed it as a guessing game — whether they pick the right flu strain(s) to include in the shot. And apparently, this year they guessed wrong.

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