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....... " : . CAPE , Friday, October 2 - October 8, 1998 - 41 Influenza season approaches: shotsc, msease By Kerry Kester Influenza will kill as many as 40,000 people in the nation in any year, but because of the public's misunderstanding of the term "flu," people will not get the vac- cine that cloaks human bodies with a protective shield from the death-inducing illness. "There's no such thing as a 24- hour influenza," said Dr. Scott Olewiler, Beebe Medical Center's board-certified, infectious disease specialist. "A healthy, 30-year- old, Olympic athlete could not get over influenza in 24 hours. Most people have never had influenza in their lives." Contrary to popular belief, he said, influenza does not include the symptom of vomiting. "In- fluenza has no gastrointestinal symptoms whatsoever," he said. "Influenza has a very distinct identification. It's a pure respira- tory illness. If you had diarrhea, you didn't have influenZa," said Olewiler. "It infects you in your lungs. The way R kills people is that it usually causes pneumonia." True influenza symptoms usual- ly begin with the sudden onset of a very high fever. "You feel like you've been hit by a truck," said Olewiler. Other symptoms in- clude headache, muscle achiness that is so severe that a person feels unable to move, sometimes a slightly scratchy throat, irritated and red eyes and a runny nose, he said. A couple of days into the ill- ness, patients usually develop a dry cough. "You're usually better in a week, if you're healthy," said Olewiler. "If you're old and frail, your dead." Even in healthy peo- ple, he said, peak lung function doesn't return for at least six weeks, and afterward, those pa- tients remain particularly suscepti- ble to bacterial pneumonias. Olewiler cautioned that beliefs that today's antibiotics are able to cure any infection are misguided. He recalled a case when a 30-year- old Philadelphia medical student contracted influenza and appeared to recover in about a week. "But influenza sloughs off the defen- sive lining in the lungs, and short- ly afterward, he contracted a bac- terial pneumonia." The two primary forms of pneu- A common misconception of influenza is that it is a virus that attacks the stom- ach. Influenza is a very seri- ous illness that affects the respiratory system. monia associated with influenza, said Olewiler, are pneumococcal and staph. Although one dose of penicillin will kill the germs in- Diabetes Continued from page 34 Complications of the feet areal- so a concern with diabetes. A po- diatrist should also be seen once annually. In many cases, abnormal func- tioning of the pancreas gland may also be treated with spinal manip- ulations performed by a licensed chiropractic physician. The nerves that control the functioning of the pancreas originate in the brain, travel down the spinal column and exit between the vertebrae. Any interference in the neural pathway may cause the pancreas or other organs to malfunction. This may result in an underproduction of in- sulin that could lead to diabetes. A chiropractor can examine a per- t son's spine and determine if there is a spinal misalignment. If one is found, correction is quick and gentle, resulting in a free pathway for proper nerve communication. The body is then better able to create balance and health. Of course, the most important person in any health-care manage- ment team is the patient. The best care results from patients who are well-informed and educated about their condition. Recommenda- tions are useless unless they are followed consistently and correct- ly. In the care of diabetes, friends and family should also be well-in, formed in case a person becomes unable to provide good self-care. There is a wealth of diabetes re- sources available; however, the results are only as good as our ef- forts to use them. an stay deadly d' volved i n pneumoccal pneumonia, the "bugs" are dead, they continue he said, 30 percent of the people to release a lot of toxic chemicals. who contract the illness will die "Staph is very common after in- anyway. He said that even after Continued on page 42 Home healthcare and home medical equipment. That's what many people need when they leave the hospital. And what could be easier than getting it from one place? Just over two years ago,.VNA began offering home medical equip- ment -- in addition to home nursing services -- o the people of Dela- ware. Since then, we've become one of the fastest growing medical equipment suppliers in the area. The reasons are easy: We're convenient. Just call us toll-free at 1-888-VNA-0001. We're efficient. With warehouses in Milton and Newark, and delivery vans spanning the state, we're never veryfar from you. We're ddlicated. We're part of Christiana Care VNA, formerly VNA Dela- ware, the name you know and lmst for quality homecare. Home Respiratory Therapy Durable Medical Equipment Nutritional Support Medical/Surgical Supplies CHRISTIANA CARE VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION 1-888-VNA-0001