Temple: Flu Prevention

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) It's been almost a hundred years since the Spanish flu pandemic took the lives of millions of people in 1918.

Today doctors are hoping that with the help of modern medicine and technology they will be able to prevent flu related deaths.
Doctor Karen Brust an infectious disease specialist at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in Temple says a flu vaccination can help increase your body’s ability to fight the flu. Also one of the most important thing to remember is, if you’re feeling sick or have flu like symptoms the best thing to do is stay home, stay hydrated and get rest.

“Maybe your system is intact enough to handle the flu but you know the next person that you infect, they may be around somebody who's getting chemotherapy, or around young children that might be more susceptible to getting sick from the flu,” said Brust.

Doctor Brust also says it’s a myth that the vaccination makes you sick. She says that sick feeling is your body producing the antibodies it needs to fight an infection.