Federal officials say this flu season is the worst in a decade. But there are ways to protect yourself, says Armando Meza, M.D., infectious diseases expert and associate dean for graduate medical education at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso).
In the latest session of The Exam Room—a live-streamed Q&A with TTUHSC El Paso’s expert health care specialists—Dr. Meza and host Jay Koester discussed the latest influenza news and tips for minimizing your risk of catching the flu.
Questions from viewers generated a lively discussion on a number of flu-related topics, including how long a person with the flu is infectious; how to tell the difference between cold and flu symptoms; the effectiveness of hand sanitizer in staving off the flu; a possible connection between the flu and heart attacks; and the feasibility of a universal vaccine.
Watch a recap of The Exam Room below (video starts at 01:42):