|Although the majority of Americans have turned their attention to the ever-expanding measles outbreak, residents in and around the Lake of the Ozarks still have another medical concern on their minds: the 2014-2015 influenza.
When U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy visited the Ozarks recently to discuss the region’s most important healthcare concerns, he discussed the importance of vaccinations for serious diseases, including the measles and the flu.
While the annual flu vaccine isn’t 100% effective at preventing the flu each year, it can ameliorate the symptoms and shorten their duration. Of course, this year’s flu vaccine hasn’t been as effective as originally planned; it’s estimated that anywhere between 5% and 20% of Americans get the flu each year, but for the 2014-2015 season, that percentage will probably be closer to the 20% mark.
In the Ozarks, although KSPR 33 notes that flu cases are abnormally low this year, OzarksFirst.com still states that an estimated 2,200 area residents have contracted the virus so far.
One of the more frustrating aspects of viruses like the common flu is that there are neither preventative strategies that can be administered early to prevent contracting the virus (unlike the vaccines for the mumps and measles, which are incredibly effective as preventative strategies), nor are there ways to “treat” the flu after someone has contracted the virus.
Instead, many people have begun turning to therapeutic preventative measures, like the Bodywork and Energywork massage therapies offered by the spa and massage therapy service Healing Hands Mobile Massage, located right here in the Lake of the Ozarks.
Although these services are not easily measured or tested through scientific studies, countless patients argue that a more therapeutic approach to health — one that addresses both physical healing and mental strength — has very real physical effects on the body that bolster the immune system against viruses and infections.
Until a vaccine is created that is 100% effective at preventing the flu, perhaps these therapeutic treatments are the Ozarks’ best shot at staying healthy.