New Flu Strains Threaten Public as CDC Admits to Flu Medicine Shortage

In what may be one of the most severe flu seasons in recent history, the CDC has warned more is to come.  This week, CDC officials say due to the influx of the widespread flu season, there are shortages of the drug used to treat the flu. While the CDC is working to address the “spot shortages”, it does not bode well for the public who are already dealing with a severe flu season and one that could potentially get worse with new flu strains emerging.

“Even if the hopeful assessment by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bears out, there will still be an additional 11 weeks to 13 weeks of flu circulating across the country. “In general, we see things peaking right about now, but that means there is still a whole lot more flu to go,” Dan Jernigan, [director of the influenza division at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases]  said. ‘In addition, there are other strains of influenza still to show up that could be a major cause of disease.’

That may already be happening. The CDC is starting to see infections caused by the H1N1 strain of the virus in states grappling with high levels of the H3N2 strain, the predominant version this season. In addition, Jernigan said, yet another type of flu caused by influenza B viruses is expected to show up later in the season.

H3N2 has compounded the damage usually wrought by the annual flu outbreak. It’s known for both its severity and ability to evade the protection provided by vaccinations that are typically more effective against the other types of flu.” (Source)

Hospitals Scrambling to Limit Exposure

With flu-related deaths continually rising, some hospitals are experiencing five times the number of influenza patients than they typically see and many medical facilities are introducing protocols to help limit flu exposure to the healthy population.

Some hospitals have set up triage stations outside of the ER for patients suffering from the flu. This will help screen, examine and if needed, admit flu patients. Both Loma Linda University Medical Center and La Mesa Hospital in California have done this to help limit flu-infected patients from entering the hospital and provide more expedient care.

Other protocols that medical centers are implementing are limiting visitors from entering the hospital. The University of Chicago hospital was one of the first to announce a flu contingency for the patients. Weeks ago, when the flu season was just coming to its peak, the hospital announced it “will not allow children under age 12 and those with a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion will not be allowed to visit patients. More hospitals around the country are adopting similar protocols and limiting visitors exposure to patients who have flu-like symptoms.

How the Flu is Spread

Experts at the CDC believe the flu is spread three different ways.

  • Person-to-Person – Influenza viruses are most likely spread from person to person primarily through large-particle respiratory droplet transmission (e.g., when an infected person coughs or sneezes or talks) and can travel up to six feet through the air.
  • Hand Transfer – Hand transfer of the influenza virus is also not out of the realm of possibility. Touching contaminated surfaces or objects (shaking someone’s hand or coming in contact with an object they have touched and left the virus on) can also spread the flu. Using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers help to prevent the spread of the flu in this way.
  • Airborne Transmission – This type of flu transmission can also occur; however, the relative contribution of the different modes of influenza transmission is unclear. Airborne transmission over longer distances, such as from one patient room to another is thought not to occur.

Limit High-Risk Flu Prone Areas

We all know the importance of washing our hands during the flu season, but it’s should be emphasized that avoiding crowded places can also prevent the flu. Shopping malls, airplanes, bus stations, houses of worship, concert halls and residential living quarters like nursing homes, and college dormitories are all flu-prone areas. Moreover, introducing children to these environments only increases your risk of catching the flu. Children exhale larger amounts of virus and they are able to transmit the virus for even longer periods than adults.  That said, preschools and schools often spread the flu quickly due to the close contact and lack of frequent hand washing children tend to have.

Hospitals and medical offices are also high-risk areas where one can come in contact with the flu. Pay attention to “high touch surfaces” such as doorknobs, light switches, telephones, table surfaces, railings, and handles can all be infected with the flu virus. Other high touch areas are subway or bus poles, ATM machines, pens and pencils from banks and stores, etc. The best way to combat this is by frequently disinfecting your hands and taking necessary precautions. If you feel that you may have contracted the flu and need to go out in public, wear a face mask.

With an ineffective flu vaccine, medical care facilities stretched thin, flu medicine shortages, and new flu strains on the horizon this could be the perfect storm. Extra precautions must be made. Limit your exposure to the flu by avoiding crowded places and high touch surfaces. As well, if you feel you are coming down with the flu, stay home and do not risk infecting others. With 11 weeks left in the flu season, this could quickly become a health crisis.

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Originally published January 17th, 2018
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  • Tanya Reeder

    Elderberry is a great natural way to prevent and treat viruses of all kinds. Wellnessmama has a recipe for making syrup which I have made and it’s not only effective but tasty as well. Also zand makes an elderberry lozenge which can be used to prevent and treat viruses and you can find that on iherb . com and lots of other places. It’s just one way to arm yourself in addition to all the good suggestions in this article.

    • Tess

      It’s ironic that you posted this as I was just posting a reminder to make elderberry syrup on my Facebook page. Here’s the recipe that I use.

      Elderberry Syrup

      2/3 cup black elderberries
      3- 1/2 cups of water
      2 tablespoons fresh or dried ginger root
      1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
      1/2 teaspoon cloves or clove powder
      2 lemon or orange slices
      1 cup raw honey

      Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and citrus slices and bring to a boil. Then, cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.

      Remove from heat and let mixture cool enough to be handled. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.

      Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.

      When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.

      Ta Da! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Some sources recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost immunity.

      Standard dose is 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.

      http://readynutrition.com/resources/homemade-elderberry-syrup_19012014/

      • A Arizonian

        Many thanks for this Ms. Tess!

      • Tanya Reeder

        That’s awesome! And I think the nicest thing about elderberry is that it doesn’t discriminate – it will fight any virus the flu has to offer. I firmly believe this is better than any flu shot, and also it doesn’t have mercury or aluminum in it (like all flu shots do)! I would add only one thing to your awesome recipe – I’m to understand this syrup will hold up for about 6 months in the fridge. Though I would imagine it should be used up well in advance of that time frame, it doesn’t have a forever shelf life. Take care and stay well! 🙂

  • I_P_Frehley

    Taking zinc, vitamin C, colloidal silver, washing your hands, eating healthy and staying hydrated will go a long way in keeping you well and help your body fight the bugs.

  • A Arizonian

    All that has been stated by CDC and more importantly here, should also make us aware of the threat posed by unfettered immigration from countries that shall we say; have diminutive health standards!

    • Heather White

      I really wish people understood this better! It truly is a huge issue that most people just choose not to talk about.

    • mightyspuds

      All thats stated by the CDC is self serving lies.Follow the money…..

  • mightyspuds

    All you have to say is CDC to make me tune out on an article.Lying bought off arm of Big Pharma.ZERO credibility.

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