The centers for disease control and prevention reported last week that an early and possibly flu season has begun. But the current flu vaccine is not too late, says Kevin Ronneberg, a deputy director of the target company, who is in charge of patient care at the company’s clinics and pharmacies. We asked Dr. Ronneberg for some newer, less painful flu vaccines, how vaccines affect exercise and so on:
The CDC recommends that all americans over six months get a flu shot every year. Why do you recommend healthy young women? Even healthy people are sick of the flu. Vaccinations can reduce the chances of contracting the virus – which can also help protect those who may not be vaccinated.
Target pharmacy (to find one) now offers a “micropin” flu vaccine. Is it really painful? The injection needle in the skin is 90% less than the standard flu shot, and it contains no preservatives. Since the injection needle in the skin is smaller, it is inserted directly beneath the skin rather than in the muscle. This results in reducing muscle soreness immediately after injection. Essentially, it’s just like a camera. We provide a variety of options for influenza vaccines, including traditional influenza vaccines. Our pharmacist can also help determine which vaccine is right for you.
So will getting the flu vaccine affect my exercise? The flu vaccine should not affect your exercise routine, nor will it affect the effectiveness of the vaccine before or after receiving the flu vaccine. While the traditional flu vaccine may cause some muscle soreness at the site, the needle won’t, and you should be able to continue your daily workout. Occasionally, people experience general physical pain for a day or two. If you do this, shorten your day or take a day off. Remember to wash your hands and clean your workout equipment so as not to catch a cold.
If I have a race like 10K, half marathon or marathon, what’s the best time to play? You can’t catch the flu vaccine, but sometimes it causes a day or two of itching. So, I plan ahead and inject the vaccine in the days before the game. If you really want to make sure your race is healthy, make sure you get the vaccine in the weeks before the race, because it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to stop the flu.
How do I know if I have a cold, not a cold? Common cold and flu are respiratory diseases, but the severity is different, caused by different types of viruses. Flu is usually severe, with fever, aches and pains, extreme tiredness, muscle soreness and dry cough. Cold symptoms are generally lighter, including runny nose or nasal congestion, sore throat, sneezing or coughing.
What is the best way to treat a cold or flu? Use of drugs containing acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help control fever and flu-related pain symptoms. Note the multicomponent cold medicine to ensure that you won’t get the same ingredients from both sources.
What do you put in the medicine cabinet? I often like to keep some essentials in the medicine cabinet, including:
Mucinex. Expectorant drugs like Mucinex can help loosen phlegm and make it easier to cough or clean your nose when you’re sick.
Cough drops. Cough to help calm a cough, soothe a cold or flu-related sore throat.
Saline nasal spray. Saline nasal sprays can help moisturize the nasal passages and reduce congestion. Another good option is to use the neti pot. The Neti bowl helps to keep the nasal passages open by thinning and loosening mucus. They can also help flush out germs and then become cold, flu or other diseases. [read about the safety of neti pot.]
Sudafed. Pseudoephedrine, like Sudafed, can help relieve cold symptoms, including sinus pressure, runny nose or nasal congestion.
Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen, such as the Motlin or Aleve, will help ease any pain and pain associated with the flu. This will also help control the fever.
Robitussin DM. The cough suppressive drug’s expectorant helps ease the cough and mucus associated with the flu.
What is the best way to stay healthy throughout the season? Completely preventing colds and flu viruses is not an absolute solution. However, during the cold and flu season, readers can take some safety and health measures, including:
Get immunized. Prevention is the key to staying healthy during the cold and flu season.
Stay hydrated. Dehydration occurs not only in summer. Cold weather and hot, dry buildings can cause dehydration in winter. Dehydration can make your body more susceptible to colds and flu – so drink!
Avoid water dispenser. Bacteria thrive on wet surfaces like fountains. This is especially true if someone coughs or sneezes recently. Avoid exercising in a gym water cooler with your reusable, unbpa free water bottle.
Keep your hands clean. Avoid washing your hands immediately after exercise to avoid spreading the germs around the gym. As a backup, I also suggest carrying a bottle of hand sanitizer in your gym bag.
Make a good night’s sleep a priority. According to the centers for disease control and prevention, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night.
Get up to. In moderate exercise, immune cells circulate faster in the body, increasing the ability to kill bacteria and viruses. Daily exercise builds your immunity over time.