Fighting the Flu
14
October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /


STUDI:
[ Speaking in Cherokee ] I know the problems the spread of illness
can cause native people. Each year,
more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with flu. Like all Americans, native
peoples and tribal communities need to protect themselves. Flu spreads mainly
from person to person through coughing or sneezing. MAN: [ Coughs ] WOMAN: Are you okay? MAN: I don’t know.
I — I just don’t know. STUDI:
People can also get infected by touching something
with flu viruses on it and then touching
their mouth or nose. Symptoms of flu can include
fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches,
headaches, chills, and sometimes
vomiting and diarrhea. There’s an old saying — “Take
two and call me in the morning.” But to protect yourself
against the flu, take three. It could save your life. The best way to protect yourself, your family,
and your community against flu is to get vaccinated. Ask your healthcare provider
for a seasonal flu vaccine as early as possible. WOMAN:
Let’s wash our hands, okay? STUDI: Wash your hands
with soap and water or use alcohol-based
hand cleaners frequently. WOMAN:
Get ’em really good in between
your fingers and the outsides. [ Chuckles ] STUDI: You can also
help reduce your risk of becoming ill with flu by staying away
from sick people. [ All coughing ] MAN:
I’ll get ahold of your wife, and we can take care of
the…cooking — the…um…wow. I really need to be going. I think
I’m gonna have to take off. STUDI:
If you’re sick, protect others by staying home
from work or school. Cover your coughs and sneezes
to avoid the spread of germs. Not everyone with the flu
will have a fever. Most people with the flu
have mild symptoms, but for others,
flu can be more serious. MAN: How are you
feeling there? MAN #2: Just lost
track of all time. MAN: [ Sighs ] Take care
of yourself. Get some rest. STUDI: When flu is widespread
across our communities, our priority is to treat people at highest risk for severe
disease as early as possible. WOMAN: [ Coughs ]
DOCTOR: We will treat you. But not to be alarmed, because
it won’t harm the pregnancy. STUDI: Pregnant women,
young children, the elderly, and people with chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes,
or heart disease are more likely to suffer
from serious complications. If you do get the flu, take medicines called antivirals
that can help. People at highest risk
for severe flu should receive antivirals
as soon as flu symptoms develop. DOCTOR: What other symptoms
are you having? WOMAN: [ Coughs ] I just — My throat hurts,
runny nose. I’m sneezing. I just —
I’m hot all the time. I just — I feel terrible. DOCTOR: We will treat you
with an antiviral medication. STUDI: They can make you
feel better faster or make your symptoms milder. WOMAN: How are you feeling,
Jeffrey? JEFFREY:
I’m feeling great. STUDI:
Protect yourself, your family, and your community from the flu. Get vaccinated every year. Cover your coughs and sneezes,
wash your hands often, and if you’re sick, stay home. Protect the circle of life.
Know the facts about the flu. [ Speaking in Cherokee ]


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