Battling the Increasing Cases of the Flu

Dr. Jennifer Ashton reports the latest news about the flu season.
3:00 | 01/12/14

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Bizarre and scary story. Thanks. Turn to the blue. 35 states now reporting widespread activity, up from 25 last week. And more than 60% of hospitalized patients are between 18 and 64, twice as many as last year. And tamaflu is in low supply. This is a stronger bug than last year. What are the biggest myths about the flu? The biggest one, and I hear it every day is that the flu is just a bad cold. The reality is, nothing could be further from the truth. The symptoms are not subtle. Very high fever, severe headache, body aches, fatigue, deep, deep cough and chest pain. These symptoms caast for a week, you can be contagious one day before and up to a week after. See your doctor if they are feeling bad. And if you relapse, that's a warning sign. How alarming is the tamaflu shortage? The bad news is the shortage. It's not surprising in the flu season, this should have been expected. The good news is it's expected to be temporary. We're talking about the form of the medication given to children. That can still be made at pharmacies by opening up the capsules and mixing. You never want to hear of a shortage. You're an ob/gyn, how important is it for pregnant women to be vaccinated? It's recommended by the cdc, mid wives. I have seen a pregnant woman die of the flu. It only has to happen once, not to be taken lightly. And not too late to get -- absolutely not, plenty of vak teen. Love the hair. Thank you.

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