YOUR HEALTH: HERE'S HOW

Stafford, Jane

YOUR HEALTH: Here's How! By JANE STAFFORD = LNFLUENZA outbreaks are flaring up in many parts of the country. If one occurs in your community, here are some things you need to know about the...

...When the manufacturers had supplied the Army's order, they slowed down or stopped production altogether because they had no idea whether there would be anV* civilian demand...
...Physicians were not expected to prescribe it for their patients unless an epidemic developed, and until the last week of November, no signs of an epidemic had appeared in official health reports...
...7. Stay in bed as long as your doctor says you should, even though you feel perfectly well...
...For these reasons and because the skin is an important part of the body, the Indiana State Medical Association has issued a statement pointing out that the skin needs special care, particularly in Winter...
...The vaccine is barely out of the experimental stage...
...If one occurs in your community, here are some things you need to know about the disease: 1. It is caused by the kind of ultramicroscopic germ called a virus...
...4. Influenza in the past has very often been followed by pneumonia...
...Its production involves growing the influenza viruses on chick embryos and it takes from two to three months to get out a batch of vaccine...
...Besides the cold winds of Winter, extra clothing, heated houses, and inactivity that come at this season all interfere with the normal functioning of the skin...
...Replies to my inquiries by telephone and telegraph brought the following information: Eli Lilly and Company, the Lederle Laboratories, and Pitman-Moore Company have the vaccine available now for civilian use...
...pneumonia and other germs to which you are easy prey during an influenza attack...
...It is important, therefore, to call a doctor, especially if you have a severe attack of influenza, so that treatment will be started promptly for the pneumonia if that is developing...
...If you keep out of crowds, you are less likely to pick up the virus from influenza patients who are still up and about instead of being home in bed...
...This vaccine is effective against the Type B virus now causing outbreaks in various parts of the country, totalling some 50,000 reported cases...
...Park£Davis will have its vaccine available to civilians before January...
...Cleanliness is the most vital essential for skin health, the medical association states...
...you conserve strength for fighting the influenza virus, and you avoid giving the disease to others...
...Consequently no company has a big supply of the vaccine on hand...
...It is better not to take any remedies except the ones your doctor orders...
...Cracks and cuts in the skin open the door for germs and harmful chemicals...
...The general rule is a full 24-hours in bed after the temperature is normal, if not longer...
...The only way to nourish your skin is to eat food that nourishes your body Exercise and rest which keep you in good condition will help keep your skin smooth and healthy...
...The Squibb vaccine will be available for civilian use about Feb...
...The vaccine must be given at least a week or 10 days before a person is exposed to influenza to allow time for immunity to the disease to be built up in the body...
...By staying in bed you avoid drafts...
...Your physician will advise you whether or not to be vaccinated...
...Abrasive cleansers are generally frows^d^ on by skin specialists...
...If the current epidemic grows and creates a sudden demand for large quantities of the vaccine, however, manufacturers may not be able to keep up with the demand...
...6. Your doctor will advise you about drinking plenty of water or other fluids, about diet, and will prescribe whatever medicines he thinks advisable to make you more comfortable...
...Men as well as women, and particularly industrial workers and those whose work keeps them outdoors much of the time, should heed this warning...
...The vaccine cannot be produced overnight...
...3. The viruses of influenza (there are two known and one or more unknown influenza viruses) are spread on the nose and throat discharges and breath droplets from influenza patients...
...They are too likely to injure the skin...
...Contrary to the notion held by a good many people, you cannot nourish the skin by putting fats, oils, and creams on it, though these may soften and to some extent protect it from drying conditions...
...Viruses, with about one exception, are not susceptible to attack by any of the sulfa drugs or penicillin, though your doctor may give you one of these to take care of any other germs that follow the influenza virus invasion of your body...
...The skin protects the body and regulates its temperature...
...A smooth, unbroken, properly functioning skin is just as important to a man as to a woman...
...2. A vaccine against types A and B influenza has been developed and given to all Army personnel...
...Pitman-Moore states all its branches are being supplied...
...The best cleanser is aoap and water...
...Influenza Vaccine Now On Market Vaccine against influenza Types A and B, the kind used to vaccinate all Army personnel this Fall and Winter, is now on the market for civilian use...
...Skin Needs Special Care In Winter Chapped lips and hands and roughened, dry skin on face, neck, and the rest of the body tell you that Winter is hard on your skin...
...Usually they feel too sick to want to be up, but it is not good sense to "keep going till you drop...
...5. Influenza patients should stay in bed...
...Most of the available supply of the vaccine was used for the Army but manufacturers are trying now to make enough available for civilian use...
...At first the dose was set at a single "shot" but this may be changed to two injections each of half the amount or of the full amount...

Vol. 9 • December 1945 • No. 52


 
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