Vessel Medical Introduces COVID-19 Safety Program Designed for Returning Employees to Work

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~ Comprehensive MDHealthPro program includes COVID-19 testing, safety supplies, and monitoring services ~

GREENVILLE, SC May 20, 2020  – As businesses across the country begin to reopen, many employers are uncertain of exactly what measures are needed to safely return their employees to work. Vessel Medical, a medical supply firm specializing in personal protective equipment has partnered with Premier Medical Laboratory Services (PMLS), one of the country’s leading commercial laboratories for COVID-19 testing, to create a comprehensive customizable COVID-19 program which covers testing, safety, and monitoring of employees; MDHealthPro for Opening Up America Again. With this program, employers can be certain that they have a safety strategy in place tailored to the specific reopening needs of their businesses.

The MDHealthPro Opening Up America Again program is developed for businesses to implement appropriate policies informed by industry best practices and in accordance with federal, state, and local guidance and regulations. The program ensures the most effective measures are taken for testing, contact tracing, social distancing, isolating, temperature checks, protective equipment, sanitation and disinfection of common high-traffic areas. Having this proficiently customized strategy in place will ensure that employers have the right amount of quality protection supplies, monitoring technology, and testing all readily available for their staff when needed.

“We want to help businesses to assure their employees that the best safety precautions are being taken against COVID-19 as they return to work,” said Kevin Murdock founder of Premier Medical Laboratory Services and Vessel Medical. “Employers already have much to face in reopening their businesses, and we hope to take some of the fear and confusion away from the process while helping with the latest methods to keep them healthy, safe, and able to remain in full operation.”

The MDHealthPro Opening Up America Again program includes three components:

  1. Testing

The testing component equips businesses with high complexity diagnostic testing for COVID-19 and a 24-48 hour turnaround of results. The Sars-Cov-2 package of testing also includes antibody testing (IgG/IgM Elisa) and rapid testing (POC IgG/IgM kits). Both testing packages include daily courier pickup/UPS next day, collection devices, other ancillary supplies and a certification letter of employee testing.

  • Safety

The safety component provides PPE and other supplies including N95 masks, Level 1 triple layer washable cloth masks that can be customized with a company logo, disinfectants, gloves, and gowns.

  • Monitoring

The monitoring component delivers entry point monitoring of employee temperature by way of forehead thermometer devices or infrared digital fever detection using thermal imaging and monitoring systems.

Vessel Medical is dedicated to supporting businesses that implement the MDHealthPro Opening Up America Program. From onboarding of the program to continuous technical support and advisement, Vessel Medical will ensure that employers can always prioritize their company operations and be assured they have the latest in safety measures, technology, and testing to keep their staff safe. 

For employers who would like more information on how to best reopen their business safely, please visit or call 866.451.MEDS (6337).

Vessel Medical Donates Thousands of N95 Masks to South Carolina Frontline Workers in Preparation for Reopening of the State

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GREENVILLE, SC May 7, 2020  – Vessel Medical, a provider of medical workflow solutions, supplies, and equipment, is donating thousands of N95 masks to police departments, fire departments and hospital systems across South Carolina amid the current global shortage of personal protective equipment. As these frontline workers continue to keep South Carolina safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Vessel Medical wants to do their part ensuring these workers receive the potentially lifesaving protection that these masks provide.

The thousands of N95 masks being donated at no cost account for roughly 25 percent of Vessel Medical’s total mask supply on hand in which could be sold for profit. Now, thousands of policemen, firemen, EMT’s, and hospital healthcare workers of South Carolina will have this personal protective equipment to more safely continue their daily work.

“The hospital systems, fire departments, and police departments that we’re donating these masks to are vital in keeping South Carolinians safe, now more than ever,” said Kevin Murdock, founder of Vessel Medical. “We value all that these frontline workers do to serve our state, and know the difficulty that they are facing in attaining enough of these masks for their work force. These donations are a top priority for us as we feel the need to help where we can.”

N95 masks are designed to provide the best barrier of protection from small airborne droplets containing COVID-19 – the 95 designation indicating that the mask blocks at least 95 percent of very small (0.3 micron) particles. Consequently, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the extreme surge in demand of N95 masks that the world is facing today –  a recent government survey of hospitals across the US concluded that these masks are still at the top of the list for personal protective equipment items in shortage during the pandemic.

Vessel Medical, so far, has donated to four hospital systems and eleven first responder units across the state of South Carolina.

For more information about Vessel Medical, please call 866.451.MEDS (6337) or visit

Early Signs of the Flu

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Feel A Tickle? Get Some Zinc!

By the time you feel the tickle in your throat, it’s likely the flu has already gotten a hold of you. But there are some things you can do to stop the progressive symptoms of influenza from having their fullest effect. Oftentimes when the flu comes, you’ll feel a bit of a tickle in the back of your throat. It’ll usually come after a slight cough over something–you might think you just swallowed your food incorrectly. At least, that’s what you hope. You’ll usually wait a few hours to be sure, hoping against hope you haven’t caught something. That’s the mistake! Whenever you feel that slight tickle, get some zinc in you immediately; also drink some water, and find a way of getting Vitamin C or Vitamin D. You don’t want to do too much of any mineral or vitamin substance; it’ll just be urinated away later. But immediately assisting your immune system is advisable. The next thing you should do is get a hearty, healthy meal and some rest.  


Influenza hits everybody differently. You might start feeling a slight cramping pain in your stomach that steadily worsens and precludes all thought of food. This is another early sign of the influenza virus. Certainly, it could just be garden variety cramps; but if you’ve felt weak at all, or fatigued, the stomach pain may very well be flu.

Sudden Excessive Weakness, Or Fatigue

Have you ever had your energy just disappear, out of the blue, only to come down with the flu the next day? Well, by the time you start experiencing secondary symptoms, your body’s already been flighting off the flu for a while. When you felt tired, that was probably when things really pitched into high gear. If you suddenly get tired like that, again, immediately replenish yourself with vitamins, minerals, and food in requisite portions. Be sure to hydrate, and then rest.

Aches and Chills

These don’t often manifest until maturity. Children do get aches and chills with the flu, but these symptoms are much more acute in adulthood. If you’re not nauseous, you don’t have a tickle in the throat, you aren’t suddenly weak or fatigued, but you’re unconscionably cold in an otherwise warm environment, or your body has that bone-tingling ache for no good reason, that’s a pretty clear indication of influenza infection.

Random Cough

Why are you coughing if you don’t smoke, and you haven’t swallowed something incorrectly? Do you have a chronic cough? If not, then it may be an early sign of the flu. Again, take health and rest measures. Airborne has some great vitamins in it, but zinc, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D are also to be recommended. Chicken noodle soup, orange juice, big glasses of water, gatorade, rest, sleep–these can help it go away. Also, tea can be very soothing to the throat and body.

The Best Defense Is A Good Offense

How can you be offensively defensive when it comes to the flu? Exercise regularly, eat healthy, avoid processed foods, and if you’ve got any addictions moderate them as much as you can. Quitting is recommendable, but between coffee, chocolate, medicines of the psycho-active variety, alcohol, tobacco, soda-pop, synthetic sugars, artificial butter, “enriched” flower, and a bevy of other unhealthy foodstuffs and vice, completely refraining from addiction may not be possible. But whatever you can do to strengthen your body should be done beforehand. And when you’re in the highest physical form, and the peak of health, then it is time for a flu vaccine. This will have the most cumulative effect.

What is Flu Immunity?

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flu-virus-main Immunity system is the part of your body functionality that helps defend your body against diseases. It involves a network of organs and cells that help stop threats from viral or bacterial infections attacking your body at any time. Flu Infection is one of the many infections your body immunity works to fight. If you can survive an outbreak of the flu without getting the infection, then your body is immune to the infection.

How the immune system works.

The defense mechanism of your body is made up of antibodies. Also known as immunoglobulins, the antibodies are Y-shaped proteins which identify and remove abnormal or foreign antigens such as the virus and the bacteria. Each antibody detects a specific foreign cell by the use of its Y tips. The two ends of an antibody are specific to one antigen which allows various antibodies to bind to a wide range of foreign cells. The antibodies are produced in response to foreign cells detected in the body. Through the raised production of antigens when fighting against common illnesses like a cold or the flu, the body can protect itself from major illnesses like heart disease or even cancer. Other than the antibodies, the body defense may also respond to an attack by using the cell-mediated immune system. This is where your body through the help of the immune system cells creates memories of the past defenses against specific threats. When the immune system recognizes the foreign substances from a past invasion, it calls on the memory and destroys the threat before the disease gets a chance to mutate and become harder to fight. Vaccines and immunizations use this mechanism where they contain small and harmless amounts of the disease. The shot helps to trigger the body’s memory where your immune cells react by raising defense against the infection and destroying it.

Ways of maintaining your immune system

You may be lowering your immune system through myriad ways without knowing and which can be dangerous. This is because it makes you susceptible to any form of attack, even the most common like the cold. Most of them are bad health habits that can be easily avoided. They include;
  • Sleeping for less than seven hours
As small as it may seem, the issue of bad sleeping habits is one of the most crucial aspect of life that you should try to avoid. Sleeping for seven to eight hours boosts your body defenses, and in addition to this, your quality of life is improved.
  • High levels of stress
Balancing various issues in your life might be difficult. This is a disservice to your body as it produces increased amounts of hormones to try and cope with the situation which lowers your body immunity. Try to learn new techniques of dealing with stressful situations. They may include relaxation techniques like yoga and simple daily exercises.
  • Poor hygiene habits
These habits invite harmful organisms and bacterium into your body and may end up overwhelming it hence succumbing to infections and illnesses. A good hygiene habit to start with is washing your hands to keep germs at bay. Others include kitchen hygiene which is also crucial for everyone consuming food prepared in the kitchen.
  • Lack of exercise or too much exercise
Exercise on its own is a helpful technique that increases your body’s metabolism activities. Exercise, however, needs to be done cautiously as too much can cause problems with your cardiovascular system lowering your immunity. Your immune system is of utmost importance, therefore, the need to keep the healthy habits.

All You Need to Know About Purchasing the Flu Vaccine

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flu-shot   xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx The flu can be very unpleasant thanks to symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, stomach upset, headache, body aches and fever. For people with compromised immune systems of other health conditions the flu can even be deadly which is why the flu vaccine is recommended for a large portion of the population. Of course there are people who cannot receive the vaccine because of prior complications to the vaccine or it’s ingredients or other health conditions. But for anyone that is eligible, it is recommended that they get the flu vaccine in order to protect themselves as well as protect others around them.

Your Doctor’s Office

At your next doctor’s appointment you can inquire about this year’s flu vaccine. Most doctor’s offices are the first location to receive the vaccine and can administer them when the weather is still warm out and the flu is nearly non-existent in your area. This can give your immune system the upper hand that it needs in order to build up effective immunity and prevent the flu later on when the weather turns cold and people start showing symptoms of the influenza.


In addition to receiving the flu shot from your doctor’s office, you may notice that there are some pharmacies in your area that are advertising the flu shot. Some locations will require you to make an appointment ahead of time but more often than not, you can stop in at your convenience and receive the shot from your pharmacist in just a few minutes. You will be educated on any potential side effects you could experience and you can always call your pharmacy if you have questions after you have received the shot.


Depending on where you work, you may hear about a couple of days each month where you could receive the flu shot for free through your work. Typically, a staff of trained nurses will come in to administer the shot and this is funded through your company. This helps you as someone who is looking to prevent getting sick and it helps your company because less employees will need to utilize their sick time if they are able to stay healthy all winter long in the midst of flu season. You can inquire with the staff providing the shots to find out more and to find out if you are eligible for the flu shot.

Side Effects

Of course, receiving the flu shot can bring about some side effects that you should keep an eye out for. You could experience some very mild flu-like symptoms like a sore throat or headache. Typically these symptoms will go away within a day or two and don’t reach the severity that the flu would if you became ill. It is usually recommended that you get the flu vaccine as early as you can that year when it becomes available. In many instances, the flu vaccine will be administered at a number of facilities and clinics but many time it will run out, leaving you vulnerable to the flu. Whether you need to purchase the flu vaccine through your doctor’s office or you are eligible to receive the vaccine for free, plan ahead and make sure you get the vaccine as soon as it is available. This will ensure you have the protection you need to fight off the flu if you do come into contact with someone who has been sick recently with the flu.

Ear Infection and Flu

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ear-infection-II   The flu can hit your home fast and hard with symptoms such as a high fever, severe body aches, chills, runny nose, sore throat, cough, vomiting and much more. Unlike other bacterial and viral illnesses, the flu can linger for a number of days and sometimes even weeks in the most severe cases. Staying in bed, staying hydrated and getting better are key points to getting better but for some people, secondary infections can occur as a result of the flu. Pneumonia is a big culprit, especially in the elderly population and ear infections are very common among children and young adults.

What Is It?

An ear infection occurs in the middle ear area and can be bacterial or viral in nature. When it comes after a flu it can be caused by the virus itself or by bacteria that has grown because of fluid buildup in this area during the height of flu symptoms. Typically the most common symptoms associated with an ear infection is pain in the affected ear or ears, discharge from the ear, a plugged feeling in the ear or dizziness. An ear infection can sometimes go away on its own but really shouldn’t be ignored as it can lead to complications like hearing loss if left untreated.

How Is It Treated?

If an ear infection has stemmed from the flu the ear infection itself can be treated. The influenza virus is viral in nature so an antibiotic isn’t going to work for that. However, if the ear infection is bacterial-based then an antibiotic can help. There are also a number of ear drops that can be administered directly in the ear canal to help alleviate pain, pressure and infection.

How Can You Tell Them Apart?

Pretty different in nature, ear infections will showcase symptoms that are pretty specific to the inner ear region. Unless the infection has spread you won’t feel the full body aches and symptoms that you feel with a flu virus. The flu can really knock a person off of their feet for an extended length of time and usually the person will be bed ridden for a number of days. While an ear infection can be a complete nuisance, you can usually function to some degree with it.

Home Remedies

If you are sick at home, or one of your children is sick and this prevents you from being able to get to the doctor immediately there are some ways you can cope with an ear infection at home. Of course rest is beneficial but when you lay down, have the affected ear upwards in the air if you are sleeping on your side. This can help your ear drain rather than have the fluid building up and symptoms becoming worse. You can apply warm and moist heat to the area around the ear as well as on top of the ear by way of a washcloth or a heating pack. Be careful not to use too hot of a temperature as you can burn yourself on this sensitive area. There are also over the counter ear drops that may help alleviate pain a bit and help you get through a few days where you can then be seen by your doctor. Hot showers provide heat and steam to loosen fluid and flush the area out. In order to prevent the flu as well as secondary infections such as an ear infection, the flu vaccine can be administered prior to the start of flu season. Depending on where you live, this could be as early as September or October. The flu vaccine is not one hundred percent effective against protecting against the flu but it can help create a pretty good barrier against illness along with proper rest, diet and exercise.

How to Protect Your Children from Diseases

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A sick young boy wiping his nose Children have sensitive immune systems and are more prone to catching infections than adults. The main reason for this is that they share most of their items and are usually in groups. You need to find ways you can protect your child from getting infections. Here are some of the ways you can do this;


Vaccines are not just for small children. Even older children and teenagers need to get the recommended vaccines. Vaccines are not only a way to protect your children but also for the protection of other children. Immunization prevents many diseases including some that are known to cause death and disability. Vaccines are also used to protect schools and communities from experiencing outbreaks. Immunizations have very few side effects and are usually needed before a child can attend daycare or start schooling.

Basic hygiene at home, school, and daycare

It is not possible to protect your child from all contagious diseases. However, you can minimize the risk of them getting ill by teaching them basic hygienic practices. These include the following:
  • The importance of washing their hands. Germs spread when people touch their nose, mouth, and eyes without washing their hands. They should be encouraged to wash their hands especially after visiting the toilet and before any meal. After washing hands, they should be completely dried. If you are not sure about the water in an area, you can use hand sanitizers as they also kill disease-causing germs.
  • Also, it is important to keep your mouth covered when coughing or sneezing to avoid spreading germs to others.
  • Children like sharing their things. However, teach your child not to share personal items with other children. Personal items include hats, combs, toothbrushes, silverware, food among others.
  • Children should also use tissues or a handkerchief to cover the mouth when coughing and sneezing. They should be taught the correct way to use them so that the drainage does not go to the hands. When using tissues, ensure that they are thrown in a trash can after use.
  • When drying the hands, they should use clean and dry paper towels that have not been used by other children as they can get germs from there.
  • They should also not touch the body fluids of other children. They should tell an adult or the caregiver if a child is bleeding or has accidentally passed urine or stool.
  • Also, ensure that all eating and drinking utensils are clean and children learn to wash fruits before they east them.

Basic hygiene in public places

  • When in public places, the child should not be allowed to eat with their hands until they are thoroughly washed.
  • Avoid letting your child be in contact with people with an obvious illness. Do not be afraid to force people to wash their hands if they want to interact with your child.
  • If you are putting your child at a daycare center, ensure that good hygienic practices are followed. Especially in food preparation areas and bathrooms. Also, ensure that there are clean bathroom facilities and there are procedures followed when your child becomes ill.
  • Also, follow instructions from a physician on the health of your child when they advise you to avoid public areas in specific situations. In case of an outbreak, avoid taking your small child or newborn to crowded areas since they can easily catch the infection.
The above measures will go along way in ensuring your child is healthy and protected against diseases.

Understanding Defibrillators

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Why Use Defibrillators?

Defibrillations is a medical treatment for cardiac dysrhythmias which is life threatening. The two types of cardiac dysrhythmias are ventricular fibrillation and non-perfusing ventricular tachycardia. Defibrillator, the instrument used in carrying out the process of defibrillation, delivers a counter shock, which is a dose of electric currents, to the heart. This works to depolarize a significant amount of the muscles of the heart thus ending the dysrhythmia. Consequently, the natural pacemaker of the heart is able to reestablish and work in the manner that it should. Defibrillation can be trans venous, external, or it can be implanted. The manner in which it will be worked with depends on the type of instrument that will be used or is required. There are external units of the defibrillators known as automated external defibrillator which automates the diagnosis of treatable rhythms. This means that it can be used by lay responders as it doesn’t require an individual to be tutored on its proper use.

Types of Defibrillators:

There are many types of defibrillators. They include:
  • Manual external defibrillator.
    • These defibrillators are used in conjunction with an electrocardiogram require the expertise of a healthcare professional. The electrocardiogram can be either inbuilt or separate. The professional will diagnose the cardiac rhythm first before determining the voltage and timing for the electrical shock.
  • Manual internal defibrillators
    • This type of defibrillators delivers the electrical shock through paddles which are placed directly above the region of the heart. Their use is more widespread in operating rooms and sometimes in emergency rooms.
  •  Automated external defibrillators
    • They are designed to be used by persons who are not professionals since it requires little or no training to operate. The automated external defibrillators have the technology for the proper analysis of heart rhythms. This means that it doesn’t require an expert to determine whether or not a rhythm is shockable.

The Medical Benefits of Defibrillators

Defibrillations is usually a crucial step in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is an algorithm based intervention which focuses on restoring the pulmonary and cardiac function. It is indicated only in a select type of cardiac dysrhythmias especially ventricular fibrillation as well as pulseless ventricular tachycardia. When the heart has stopped as in the case with pulseless electrical activity or asystole, defibrillation is not indicated. Also, if the patient has a pulse, then defibrillation is not indicated. It is also imperative to note that when the electrical shocks are not given properly, it can lead to dangerous dysrhythmias like ventricular fibrillation. Below are additional benefits of defibrillators
  • The biggest advantage of a defibrillator is probably the fact that it saves lives. Currently, cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death. When cardiac arrest attacks you, chances that you will survive the ordeal are slim. So, defibrillators come in as a life saver in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. They help to deliver an electrical shock to the heart to restore the rhythm at just the right time. When it is used in good time, the chances of survival become high.
  • Employers and companies benefit. A defibrillator in the workplace especially an automated external defibrillator is able to raise the profile of a company. It shows that the employer has put enough measures to protect the employee
  • Since defibrillators can be used in emergency cases, they save a great deal of time thus improving the survival odds as they can be used before an emergency medical services.
The above are some of the types and advantages of using defibrillators.

How to Boost your Immune System

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Conscientious Health Measures

Maintaining your health requires you to be steadily fastidious. You must avoid certain foods, and increase your intake of others. Additionally, remaining physically active and reducing vice intake is very wise. Doing these things will substantively decrease your risk of contracting influenza, and cultivating healthy habits will also help reduce the severity and length of flu systems. Following are several direct suggestions to help you boost your immune system:
  • Fruits/Vegetables
  • Vitamin D/Zinc
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Spicy Foods
  • Regular Exercise
  • Cut Back on Vices
  • Healthy Cold Immersion
  • Vaccination When Healthy

Fruits, Vegetables, Vitamins, and Apple Cider Vinegar

So we all know fruits and veggies have high quotients of vitamin C, as well as other specific qualities which recommend them as healthy. Additional vitamins that both strengthen the immune system, prevent the spread of influenza, and decrease its symptoms/severity include zinc and vitamin D. Traditionally, vitamin D only comes from the sun; but it can be purchased in concentrated form at the grocery store. Still, getting some good old fashioned sunlight when you’re sick isn’t a bad thing, provided you don’t let yourself get burnt. What surprises people in this list of food items is the last one–apple cider vinegar. This substance alkalizes your body and helps fight off the flu as well as prevent it.

Spicy Foods

This one comes as a bit of a surprise to some, but others are familiar with “clearing their sinuses”, as they might call it. Cayenne pepper, horseradish, and garlic can all help during the flu. Certain spicy peppers and onions are also recommendable; but you’ve got to be careful. Just because there are a lot of Scoville Units associated with a pepper doesn’t mean it’ll help you prevent the flu any better. Sometimes all that extra spice actually taxes your body’s immune system, or can induce some form of allergic response. The goal is to support the immune system, not tax it. So know your limits.

Regular Exercise

Find a way to get twenty minutes of sweat-inducing exercise at least three times a week. You don’t necessarily have to run every other day; you could play tennis, or bicycle, or hike. Generally, finding an activity you genuinely enjoy which makes you sweat is the best way to keep your body in shape, as you’re in congruence mentally and physically. The gym is okay, but running for the sake of running can get tiresome, as can lifting for the sake of lifting. But building something with your hands, designing something, or wallpapering a room, or playing a game of paintball that requires running–these things add joy to exercise, and so make it more effective and entertaining.

Curtail Vices

Smoking, drinking, certain pharmaceutical drugs, and a variety of fetishes all compromise your immune system. The more of these you quit, the better your body will function in general, and the less susceptible it will be to the flu and other illnesses over time.

Swimming In Cold Water When Healthy

Be careful with this one; you can get yourself in trouble quick. But when you jump into cold water, it forces your body into a kind of hyperventilation which saturates your blood with oxygen. In the laboratory, breathing in this way has been shown to reduce environmental contaminants and disease. But if you’re in poor health when you attempt learning this breathing method, or the water is too cold, you could hurt yourself.

Vaccination When Fully Healthy

Vaccinations also can help strengthen your immune system, though they must be administered when you’re healthy, not sick, as they introduce an inert form of the pathogen.

The Worst Flu Symptoms for Those with Heart Disease

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Why do Chronic Heart Disease Patients Experience the Worst Flu Symptoms?

If you have heart disease, you will have a more difficult time fighting off the viruses that cause the flu. In fact, cardiac patients are more likely to come down with the flu than folks who have any other type of chronic illness. The added stress the flu puts on your body can affect your heart rate, blood pressure, and overall heart function. As a result, your odds of experiencing a heart attack or stroke are greater.

Staying Well

Fortunately, the flu is easy to prevent. You can take some precautions now that will save you a whole lot of trouble later on.
  • Get a flu shot as soon as they come out in the fall; this is usually in September. The flu season lasts from October to May, and the earlier you get your shot the better.
  • Be sure to get the shot, not the mist. People with heart disease cannot tolerate the live virus that is in the mist.
  • Wash your hands often, and do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Recognize the Symptoms

Be sure to see your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms during flu season:
  • High fever
  • Warm, flushed skin
  • Watery eyes
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Watery nasal discharge
  • Headache
  • Generalized weakness
  • Severe pain in the muscles around the eye

Make a Safe Medicine Choice

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before choosing any over-the-counter (OTC) medication. When you are shopping for an OTC medication, look for a product that is decongestant-free and/or made for people with high blood pressure. Decongestants can interfere with your other medications or make your blood pressure go up. Be sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist about every OTC and prescription medication you are already taking. Notify your doctor as soon as you begin experiencing flu symptoms. He or she may want you to come into the office for an exam and to run some tests. If you are diagnosed with the flu, he or she will give you an antiviral drug. This will shorten your illness and lessen your symptoms if you take it right away. Call your doctor immediately if you experience:
  • Worsening symptoms into the third and fourth day of illness
  • Starting to feel a little bit better, then suddenly much worse
  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing up thick yellow-green mucus
  • Chest pain
If your symptoms worsen, you may need immediate medical care. If you have trouble breathing or experience any other health emergency, call 911 immediately. If you have heart disease and the flu, don’t wait to go to the ER or call 911. It is safer to get a quick medical exam instead of waiting until you think the symptoms will go away on their own.