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Influenza Santa Monica, CA

The majority of normally healthy people who get the flu virus usually experience mild illness. Staying home, getting plenty of rest and staying hydrated is not only helpful for you, but it also prevents spreading of this highly contagious illness. Medical treatment for this group of people is usually unnecessary. It is a different story for those in high-risk groups.

The shortlist of high-risk individuals includes:

  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • Children under five years old; especially those under two
  • Pregnant women
  • New mothers up to two weeks after the birth
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • People living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

People who have certain health conditions are also at greater risk, including those with:

  • Asthma
  • Blood disorders
  • Chronic lung diseases
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disorders
  • Liver disorders
  • Obesity with a BMI of over 39
  • Weakened immune systems

People in a high-risk category should get treatment right away if they have been exposed to the influenza virus or if they have symptoms. Antiviral medication is given to treat influenza in high-risk situations. This medication is not available over the counter.

Treatment with Antivirals

Unlike the antibiotic that treats bacterial infections, antiviral drugs fight against the virus attacking the body. These prescription drugs can be pills, liquid, an inhaled powder or they can be given intravenously. These drugs must be administered early in the cycle of the illness in order to have the best outcome.

Antiviral drugs reduce the severity of the illness, and they can shorten the length of it. Other complications, like pneumonia, can be averted with antiviral medicines. When antiviral drugs are taken within the first two days of the illness, the effectiveness is much better than if given later. Even when given later, antiviral drugs can be helpful for those who are very sick or in a high-risk group.

Flu vaccines are also available for prevention. People 65 and over are encouraged to get vaccinated every year. It is recommended that everyone get an annual flu vaccination, beginning with infants six months old. The effectiveness of the vaccine is impacted by the strain of influenza; however, vaccines help reduce the illness, shortening the length of the illness and preventing complications. In children the vaccines have been shown to significantly reduce the incidence of death.

Get your flu vaccine this year. Make an appointment with Dr. Michael, and he will let you know the best type of vaccine for your situation.

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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