July 31, 2014

The Flu

Before I get to today’s article I wanted to let you know about a great sale Camping Survival is having on their paracord. with the code “overstock” at checkout. I wrote an article about all the goodness that is paracord called Paracord the King of Cordage.   If paracord is on your list of items to buy, this sale would be a great time to get it.

 

The Flu

Here we are again in the midst of Flu season and it has not yet peaked, according to Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.  In fact, current rates of flu and flu-like activity have not been this high in nearly 10 years.  Because of this, I thought I would share some things with you.  Some of you might be old pro’s at all of this, but it is a good reminder for others of us.

 

What should you do during flu season?

  • If you’re ill, please stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Disinfect frequently touched places when someone is sick.

 

What are the symptoms of the flu?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

 

When should you seek medical treatment?

Luckily, most people who contract the flu won’t need medical attention.  If you have a chronic illness, you should call your doctor and ask for guidance.  Some will suggest immediate treatment.  If your symptoms are bad or getting worse, call your doctor and ask for guidance as well.  The below symptoms are considered emergency warning signs.  If you or someone in your care has these, you should consider seeking medical attention immediately.

In Children

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking or interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash
  • No tears when crying
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal

In Adults

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but return with fever and worse cough

 

Are there medications available?

There are antiviral medications available that can lessen the symptoms and duration of the flu.  They are most effective when taken in the first 48 hours.  There are several over-the-counter medications to help lessen the symptoms.

There are also herbal treatments that may assist as well, here are just a few.

  • Echinacea is believed to reduce the symptoms of Cold and Flu and helps in the recovery.
  • Licorice contains antiviral compounds that release interferons, the bodys own antivirals.
  • Boneset; according to Clinical herbalist, David Hoffmann, boneset is one of the best herbs for influenza because it relieves aches, fever and mucus congestion.

 

Prepper’s and the flu

I have seen a few good articles on the flu that I would like to share.

I also have a link that you can use to track the flu in your area, the the flu near you site.

 

Closing thoughts

The whole “staying home until you’re not contagious” thing gets blown off by many people, but please do.  You’re not only infecting others, but you are putting yourself at greater risk.  The flu can really take its toll, and it can leave your weakened immune system susceptible to contracting something on top of the flu.

 

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Comments

  1. Dehydratino while ill can be a killer. Since most preppers don’t have access to IV’s, you can make your own oral rehydration solution. This knowledge should be a part of everyones skillset.
    You can learn about it here:

    http://rehydrate.org/solutions/homemade.htm#recipe

    You can also buy oral rehydration therapy packets from amazon. I recommend that everyone have a supply of this.

    http://www.amazon.com/ORS-Oral-Rehydration-Salts-Electrolyte/dp/B0058180E4/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1358525551&sr=8-6&keywords=oral+rehydration+therapy

  2. While I have already caught some other virus this season I haven’t had the Flu.
    (and I never take a flu shot)
    I use Elder flower extract to prevent contracting viruses. It works but it takes persistence. A dropper full sublingual every few hours when exposed to others that have a virus. I let down my guard one holiday weekend and have paid dearly for it.
    Warning on boneset; don’t use too much to quick. If you’re making a tea of the leaves, start with just a little and build your way up. Same with the extract or tincture. Too much may cause vomiting. This is powerful medicine. Old timers used this for what they called “bone break fever.” That’s the fever so bad it makes your bones ache. Combined with white willow bark makes it even better.
    Red Clover tea, extract or tincture is good for colds and viruses too. It helps to boost your immune system. Japanese honeysuckle bloom and stem tea is good too.
    Mullein tea, extract or tincture is good if you get a cough or bronchitis.

    Other important advice, wash your hands, scrubbing them with a brush often. The friction is what removes the bad stuff. And, do not touch your hands to your face before washing them. Keep your system alkalized by eating an alkaline causing diet or taking a supplement, like baking soda, regularly. And, stay hydrated and REST!

    These are for normal flu season operation. If we ever see a weaponized flu or virus a whole other set of parameters comes into play.

    • Yikes I hope you feel better Jim. Good info as well. I have read Elderberry can be great for the flu and other viruses as well, I spaced on adding it to the list. I actually have it as one of the plants I want to have at the new homestead (whenever we find one).

  3. I use kefir with stomach issues it works like yogurt with flora and probiotics but I have had quicker and better relief from kefir.

    • kefir is new to me, thanks for mentioning it.

    • Hey Ashley, do you make milk kefir or water kefir?

      I make water kefir but haven’t in a while. I’ll have to restart some grains.
      Thanks for the reminder. Either is especially good after a round of antibiotics to get your gut flora back in shape.

    • My wife just got back to making kefir. The first time she started it she ordered the kefir starter from Germany. I was not to keen on the idea of getting that shipped here in the mail but it turned out well. Anyway I wish I could speak more on that subject, she is sold on it.

  4. Elderberry C syrup has Echinacea in it. I would have my son take it when he was young on a regular basis and that boy hardly ever gets sick. Sambuccas makes it for kids and it doesn’t have honey in it.

  5. Ok, here is what we all take here any time a symptom of flu or cold come on.
    Oscillococcinum made by Boiron
    It’s a type of homeopathic preventative medicine. My wife has even convinced doctors to use it and suggest it to their patients. So far the family is doing well, though I did have a round of Mono that took me out for a little over two weeks. And I have not been taking the Oscillococcin but when I got sick everyone in the house started rounds of it. Praise God everyone is still well.

  6. Great article Chris! Good news for some and a great reminder for others! We all need to be vigilant in keeping this Flu season as short as possible by stoping the spread of it.

    Mark

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