Dr. Oz has weighed in on the flu shot controversy. Health experts say this year’s influenza strain, the H3N2 virus, is much easier to catch and spread compared to previous flu seasons. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, there’s a highly infectious stomach bug going around and the worst outbreak of whooping cough in 60 years.
According to the Examiner, Dr. Oz held a panel of experts who all recommended the flu shot overall, but they varied on which demographics should or should not take the flu shot on a regular basis. Dr. Oz himself had this to say:
“Dr. Oz then weighed in with his opinion on the flu shot. He said despite it not being as effective as we’d like, it is still the best course of prevention. He recommends the influenza vaccine for everyone over six months old, even young and healthy people.
“Dr. Oz said everyone getting the influenza vaccine will reduce it from spreading. There is also some research that suggests flu symptoms are less severe in those who do contract the flu after getting the shot than those who weren’t vaccinated at all.”
Dr. Oz also gave advice on combating the flu by alternating between taking ibuprofen and acetaminophen according to Yahoo:
“This combination of drugs targets different receptors and delivers a one-two punch to fevers. And by alternating them, you actually protect against overloading your kidneys or your liver.”
Dr. Oz recommends buying a virus-killing sanitizer that’s at least 60 percent alcohol:
“These sanitizers are important to make sure that if you do have the virus on your hands, you don’t pass it along, even if you feel fine. Make sure you spread the gel in between your fingers, too.”
In the event that you do get sick with the flu, Dr. Oz recommends you wear a surgical mask to keep your friends and family safe. Dr. Oz also says that drinking four to six cups of elderberry tea will help shorten the time you’re down sick:
“It seems to help block the entry of virus particles into your cells, shortening the duration of the flu.”
How do you deal with the influenza virus? Do you agree with Dr. Oz that everyone over six months old should get the flu shot?