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First Person: Dealing with the Flu in Dallas

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First Person: Dealing with the Flu in Dallas

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FIRST PERSON | DALLAS -- During last three months, I have seen many people, including my wife, suffering from influenza for several days at a time. According to the Centers for Disease Control's latest report, Texas is among the states reporting high flu activity.

At the end of September, when Dallas County's Department of Health and Human Services started offering flu vaccinations, it said it didn't anticipate this flu season being any different than last year. But a glance at Texas' influence surveillance website shows that the 2012-13 season is much worse.

I believe that the prevention is better than cure. Getting a seasonal flu vaccine is perhaps one of the best ways to protect people from the flu. However, the vaccine doesn't completely defend the illness. For example, I have seen some people got the flu a few weeks after getting the vaccine.

My wife got the flu few weeks ago and she got aches and pains all over her body. She also got a sore throat and runny nose for few days. In these situations, doctors rarely prescribe pills or other medical care. They usually send patients home with a ridiculously simple, but effective advice: Get plenty of rest and drink a lot. Fortunately, performing this advice worked for my wife and she got better after few days.

I think having a healthy life including regular exercise, eating nutrient fruits and veggies, washing hands with soap regularly, and getting enough rest, is the best way to prevent against flu. It's also very important to avoid close contact with sick people, since they're packing a contagious virus. However, if one of your family members is sick, this advice rarely works.