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The Flu Is Here!

The flu virus has arrived! This week we have had several patients calling and texting us with clear flu symptoms. We have even had patients come in and test positive with our nasal swab. Anyone that has had the flu knows that it can be very miserable.

So what do you do when you have the flu? I will breakdown the things that I recommend to my patients that have the flu. Really, the short answer is that there isn’t much we can do except for contain the spread of the vaccine and symptomatic treatment. Please, use these as a guideline. Please consult your doctor!

  1. Sharing is not caring - Please, please, please….do not share your illness! The flu virus specifically is spread through droplets. Meaning, that when someone sneezes, coughs or even talks that has been infected with the flu virus….you are susceptible to contract the virus. Someone that has been in contact with the flu can be contagious up to SEVEN DAYS!

    • Please stay home if you are sick. You don’t have to go to school. You don’t have to go to work. You don’t have to go to the store (Instacart, Prime Now, Etc.).

    • Please cover your cough! Droplets are spread through coughing, sneezing and talking. Please wear a mask (I like this one…looks nice and you can cover the cough for patient zero).

    • Wash your hands! - Sing “Happy Birthday” while you wash to make sure you kill off/wash off any virus that may be on your hands.

  2. Medications - There are some prescription medications now that can help to reduce the duration of the flu. These medications are most effective if started within 48 hours of symptom onset and the sooner the better! You can read more about it here. The medications are not for everyone….but it is an option.

    At our practice, here at Elevated Health, we can run these medications through your pharmacy and use your insurance benefits or these medications are rather inexpensive and dispensed from our office! (Tamiflu around $35, 5 day course. Xofluza is around $80-160, depending on weight, 1 day course)

  3. Elderberry - There have been some studies that this natural OTC supplement may be helpful (and unlikely to hurt) in helping relieve symptoms of the flu. It should be started within 48 hours of symptom onset. My wife recently purchased these gummies for herself and for my kids…and they tasted great!

  4. Rest, fluids, OTC meds - This is the best time to get some R&R. Water has been shown to be one fo the best mucolytics (works to break up the mucous). Your body needs lots of rest during this time! Pick up a good book (can I recommend this one…Not too expensive, quick read, and it explains our wonderful model of revolutionary healthcare)

  5. Vitamin C - There have been mixed studies about Vitamin C and the flu….Again, the way I see it, it may help…and it is unlikely to hurt.

If you have any concerns and something seems “out of the ordinary” (more information here) be sure to text or call your doctor (or find a practice like ours near your home here). With the widespread adoption of telemedicine, a lot of straightforward flu cases can be handled remotely.

Be well! The flu can be really nasty, just look at the flowchart doctors use to diagnose the flu. You may want to consider obtaining the flu vaccine for the following flu season. Most places have this available as early as September/October.

Welcome to our newest doctor!

Dr. Paul is empathetic and understands the value of DPC in restoring the patient-doctor relationship.

Dr. Paul is empathetic and understands the value of DPC in restoring the patient-doctor relationship.

This National Doctor's Day we are proud to welcome Dr. Paul McKinley! We have heard nothing but wonderful feedback about him and look forward to you meeting him! 

"Dr. Paul, a native of Southern California, returns to Orange County after serving as a
medical director in Chicago for Iora Health, an innovative, nationwide, direct primary
care organization. Prior to his time in Chicago, he spent 13 years in private practice at
Valley View Wellness Medical Center in Orange County.

Dr. Paul practices the full spectrum of primary care medicine taking care of patients of
all ages and as a former college basketball player and athlete enjoys sports medicine as
well. He also completed a fellowship in preventive and integrative medicine and has a special interest in strategies to optimize health and prevent chronic diseases of aging using nutrition, lifestyle change, supplements, and hormone replacement if necessary to
achieve this goal.

Dr. Paul loves practicing in the direct primary care model where he can spend time with
patients, develop relationships with them, and have the opportunity to help them live
healthier and more vibrant lives.

Dr. Paul lives in Long Beach with his wife, Kate and son. In his spare time he loves
being in the outdoors. He especially enjoys the mountains, where he has climbed Mt.
Rainier twice, and can be found snowboarding every winter."