Get Well Wednesday: Dr. Ray Deloney Talks Flu And How To Avoid It

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    Dr. Ray Deloney is a physician and CEO of Vitascripts, a health and wellness company. The Xavier University graduate with degrees in both biology and chemistry is the author of seven books, including Swine Flu: The True Facts and Japan’s Nuclear Crisis: Understanding and Reducing Your Radiation Risk.

    Dr. Deloney is also the CEO of Deloney Publishing Group, which provides health information through various forms of media.

    If swine flu is the same as the regular flu then why is it called swine flu?

    The swine flu, now called H1N1, was given its name because it was similar to flus found in pigs.  That changed several years ago, when a new virus emerged that spread among people who hadn’t been near pigs.  It is now a human seasonal flu-like many other seasonal flu strains. It just happens to be a virus that also circulates in pigs.

     So doc. The swine flu has nothing to do with live stock. Hogs ? I remember in 2009 my husband had flu like symptoms n his job was very concern because he is a breeding supervisor. He breeds hogs.

    Actually it does. The swine flu, now called H1N1, was given its name because it was similar to flus found in pigs.  And people with regular exposure to pigs are at increased risk of swine flu infection. It is important to know, however, that you cannot get H1N1 (swine flu) from properly handled and cooked pork or pork products.

    I took the flu vaccination in Nov of last year but for the last couple of weeks I’ve been vomiting with nosebleeds and severe uncontrollable coughing. Are these symptoms of the swine flu!!

    Being vaccinated does not mean you won’t catch the flu.  It just means your immune system will be better prepared to deal with it, resulting in a shorter course. Coughing and vomiting can occur during the flu. And your nosebleed could be a result of something else such as allergy.  To be sure, you should see your health care provider. The typical symptoms of the Swine Flu (H1N1) include fever, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose, cough, body aches, headache, chills, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

     Why is it whenever I do have a flu shot, I get very sick with the flu. I have not gotten the shot in the past few years because of that side effect

    The flu shot can cause mild side effects that are sometimes mistaken for the flu. Soreness at the injection site, fever, muscle pain, and weakness can last 1-2 days after vaccination. These symptoms are usually much less severe than actual flu illness. Also, there is a two-week delay between vaccination and protection by the vaccine. This means you could have actually caught the flu during this time. The vaccine works well and should be considered. But if you are interested in natural ways to help ward off the flu you can visit my website at www.vitalscripts.com for other alternatives.

     Hello Doc, if I tested positive for influenza a, is that H1N1?

    Yes. If you tested positive for influenza A, most likely you have H1N1. H1N1 is the predominant strain this year and responsible for 80% of the flu.

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