MILWAUKEE – There is something you hope not to bring back Thanksgiving: the flu!
The number of influenza-related hospitalizations last season is nearly seven times higher than five years ago, or more than 7,500 throughout the state. The Wisconsin Health Services Department adds that strains are more deadly, from 75 flu-related deaths in the 2013-2014 season to 379 last season.
Dr. Chad Tamez of West Bend Medical repeatedly tells us that he was hearing from patients who thought their flu vaccine was not working. "When you asked them what their symptoms were, it was vomiting for the flu, which is a respiratory infection, a respiratory virus and not a stomach virus! "
Xofluza is a new drug approved by the FDA to fight the flu this season. This helps to shorten the duration of your illness by preventing the virus from replicating itself. It looks like Tamiflu except that with this prescription medication you only take one tablet.
"I think it's a good option for people who have problems taking medications," said Dr. Tamez, "but it's new and I do not have much of it." I can not tell you that my last ten patients had this problem or it worked really well for these people … "
Xofluza is not intended for children under 12 years of age or pregnant women.
It is always best to consult your doctor before taking any medicine.