Earlier this week, CNN Health reported that the flu season started later than normal but is now on the rise based on data from Google flu trends. The story also referenced an article from Health.com that outlined how doctors diagnose the flu.
We decided to look into this further and found some fantastic information on how to protect ourselves from the flu. We did this by copying the entire 176 words from the Health.com article and pasting it into DeepDyve. The top result was an article from Sage Publications called “Cold and Flu Survivor Guide” (The Diabetes Educator , Volume 30 (1) :(80-90)). It mentions “Three of the antiviral drugs (amantadine, rimantadine, and oseltamivir) have been approved for prevention of the flu. These drugs are not, however, a substitute for influenza vaccination. All of these drugs are prescription drugs, and a doctor should be consulted before the drugs are used…”. Please note that this article is fee-based and can be purchased at the Sage website for $30.
Other useful results included:
• “An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure” (Patricia T. Alpert; “Home Health Care Management & Practice”, Volume Prepublished; SAGE Publications) also available for $30.
• “What three-letter word spells m-i-s-e-r-y? The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in defending against the virus” which is available for free.