Posted on: December 5, 2016
If you haven’t already scheduled your flu shot, now is the time. Gaining full immunity can take about two weeks, and you want to make sure you’re protected before flu symptoms begin circulating in your community. By Dr. Debra Spicehandler, Co-Chief of Infectious Disease at Northern Westchester Hospital.
Posted on: October 13, 2015
Germ Buster Nutrition – Eating for a Strong Immune System
Prevent the flu with good nutrition.
By Elisa Bremner
In anticipation of flu season, it’s time to talk about prevention. First and foremost, please remember: the best defense against the flu is a year-round offense. This means eating right, staying active (60 minutes every day), getting enough rest (7-9 hours!) and minimizing stress (we can’t avoid stressful events in our life, but we can make the decision to handle them better). That being said, several nutrients play a role in enhancing your immunity. Mild deficiency of even one nutrient may weaken your body’s ability to fight infection.
Posted on: January 29, 2015
Flu Season’s in High Gear: How to Protect and Care for Your Kids
By Dr. Pete Richel
We are now in the middle of Influenza season (“the Flu”), which is typically October through March. Locally we did not see much of this in October and November, but we have seen an increase in flu symptoms in kids as of last month and it is going strong.
Most of the positive cultures are revealing Influenza type A, and even though the Influenza vaccine was not a great match this year, we still encourage all to receive it, since it may be protective against some strains, and we find no significant down side.
All children 6 months and older should be vaccinated against the flu.
-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Posted on: January 14, 2015
Flu season is upon us. Therefore, it is important to understand what you can do to prevent getting the flu. Simple steps include frequent hand-washing, keeping your hands away from your mouth and face, and getting a flu vaccination.
Annual outbreaks of seasonal flu usually occur during the fall through early spring, and in a typical year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the seasonal flu.
This year the peak of the flu season is expected in February. However, there are effective ways to avoid the flu.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 43 states are reporting widespread flu outbreaks, including New York State. Across the state, including Westchester County and New York City, nearly 4,000 cases of the flu have been confirmed.
Posted on: January 17, 2014
Take Steps to Avoid the Flu, Especially if You Have Asthma
By Harlan Weinberg, MD Medical Director Pulmonary & Critical Care Services, Northern Westchester Hospital
Patients are at an increased risk of developing complications from the flu with asthma, as well as other clinical conditions, such as COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, Congestive Heart Failure, Diabetes Mellitus, and Cancer.
Asthma is a disorder of the lungs characterized by chronic inflammation of the airways. Acute influenza may lead to worsening of asthma/asthmatic exacerbation, pneumonia and ultimately, respiratory failure, for both children and adults.