Eileen RubinKeymasterSeptember 10, 2020 at 1:34 pmPost count: 17
ARDS Community – now is your opportunity to ask questions of ARDS Specialists about acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), ARDS complications and associated conditions, and post intensive care syndrome (PICS) at our new page. https://ardsglobal.org/ask-the-doctors/
Each month, doctors from our Medical Board of Directors https://ardsglobal.org/medical-board-of-directors/ or other specialists that ARDS Foundation works with, will reply to your questions, or provide a research recap for your benefit.
We have had our first question asked, and soon will post the reply on the website and I will update this post with the link to what will be that new page on ARDS Foundation’s website.
We hope that you enjoy this new feature. And we thank you in advance for your participation in this new project. Eileen Rubin, President, ARDS FoundationEileen RubinKeymasterOctober 4, 2020 at 3:00 pmPost count: 17
October question for ‘Ask the Doctor’
As an ARDS Survivor of five years, how important is it that I get the flu shot?
Although I have been told to get one in the past, I never have since, many years ago, I seemed to have had a bad reaction after getting the shot. But given CoVID-19, as well as flu season coming, I am reconsidering, reevaluating that maybe it is important to get the flu shot this year. So should I get the flu shot, and why?
Question asked by Emily, ARDS survivor. on October 2, 2020:
Great question—with an easy answer. YES, you should definitely get the flu vaccine—and get it every single year! Getting the annual influenza vaccine is one of the smartest things a person can do for her health, period. Each year, 15,000-50,000 people die from influenza in the US alone—and many also develop ARDS in the setting of influenza pneumonia. The CDC estimates that the influenza vaccine reduces the risk of influenza by about half. They also estimate that national flu vaccinations reduce the number of influenza cases each year by about 4 million—and the number of flu-related deaths by 3,500. That’s a lot of benefit from a single shot in the arm!
OK, there’s one caveat: if you or someone in your family is undergoing chemotherapy or is immunosuppressed, just don’t get the nasal mist flu vaccine. The nasal mist version uses a weakened version of the live virus. This can make your family member ill. I remember once our family couldn’t visit my father-in-law for the holidays because you know who forgot about the chemo part…and let his needle-phobic daughter charm him into letting her get the nasal mist.
Of course, if you have questions, just ask your doctor to be sure which flu vaccine is best for you.
And although there may be people that are saying that “because we are all socially isolating there won’t be any flu” that is not entirely the healthcare picture. While flu cases may, in general, be less than in year’s past due to less interaction with others, there is definitely still a strong risk of getting the flu, just like there are and will still be people who will get COVID19. The potential life-saving benefit of getting the flu vaccine makes it well worth it for the person themselves and for those around them.
Chris and Negin
Christopher Cox, MD MPH
Duke University Medical Center –
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine –
Clinical Faculty Palliative Care Medicine
Co-Director / Duke University Medical Intensive Care Unit
Director / Duke Program for Supporting People and Enhancing Recovery (ProSPER)
Negin Hajizadeh MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and Northwell Health
Department of Medicine Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Director, Center for Health Information and Outcomes Research
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