Most people who contract flu viruses can recover by themselves at home.
Staying hydrated and getting plenty of rest may be all that’s needed.
However, the flu can be quite serious for some patients, including young
children, pregnant women, the elderly, and individuals with underlying
health problems. When patients with severe flu symptoms or complications require
emergency care, the providers of West Hills Hospital are here to help.
Myth: The Vaccine Can Cause Flu
One particularly damaging myth about influenza is that receiving a flu
vaccine can cause the infection. If this myth has discouraged you from
getting a flu shot, consider talking to your physician about your concerns.
The flu shot is manufactured from an inactive virus, which means it cannot
transmit the infection. However, the flu shot does not offer immediate
protection from the virus. When people get sick after getting the flu
shot, it’s only a coincidence.
Myth: Annual Flu Shots Are Unnecessary
Even if you received the flu shot last year, it’s still advisable
to get another flu shot. Influenza viruses mutate rapidly. This means
that last year’s flu shot will not necessarily offer protection
against currently circulating viruses.
Myth: Healthy People Cannot Transmit Flu Viruses
Another common misconception about influenza is that it can only be transmitted
by a person who is actively displaying symptoms. In fact, a significant
percentage of the
people who are carrying the flu virus do not have symptoms. This is another reason why it’s important
to get an annual flu shot, particularly for individuals who are in close
contact with vulnerable populations such as the elderly and young children.
Myth: Antibiotics Can Treat Flu
Most people who contract the flu do not need emergency care. Even when
a patient does need medical attention for the flu, antibiotics are unable
to help because these medications only target bacterial infections. Since
the flu is caused by viruses, antiviral medications may be prescribed.
The state-of-the-art emergency care department at West Hills Hospital is
fully equipped to respond to every type of medical emergency, including severe
flu symptoms and life-threatening complications. Additionally, our full-service community
hospital connects families throughout the West Hills area with exceptional
maternity services, cancer care, burn care, and many other specialty medical
services. If you have a true medical emergency, please call 911 now; otherwise,
you can call (818) 676-4321 to speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital.