Tips for the Flu Season

This season’s flu is sweeping the country! Here are some tips for those who have contracted this season’s flu after their major weight loss surgery.

It is important to know that certain medicines cannot be taken due to the changes in your digestive tract. Avoid any over the counter medicines that contain NSAIDs, which can commonly be found in ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin. See your local pharmacist for medicines that contain acetaminophen, a safe alternative. Here is a list created by Pharmacist student, Kathryn Wiersch, for safe medicines that can treat your flu-like symptoms.

During the first week post-op:

At this point in your diet, doctors are allowing you to ingest liquids ONLY. Nothing solid should be digested at this point. If you are fighting the flu, let your doctor know but stick to the liquids recommended.

Drink plenty of water. Hydration is key to keeping you from being hospitalized. Fat-Free broth adds extra nutrients that you’ll be needing if you are fighting the flu and helps if your appetite is stunned. Sugar-free juice is also essential, sugar-free Pedialyte or fruit juices can be found at your nearest grocery store. 

During second stage post-op:

Now you can eat pureed foods, not exactly liquid but not exactly solid. But perfect when adding extra nutrients to the body. During the flu season, researchers found vitamin D decreases in the body, the best way to fight the flu is to eat more foods that nutrient.

Fish, specifically fresh salmon and tuna, contain high levels of vitamin D. These soft meats are perfect to eat during this stage of recovery. Soups containing lean ground meats like chicken and turkey can be added to the diet as well. Remember to eat in small portions.

See our selection of soups to add to your diet, and you’ll feel better in no time.

Drink water either thirty minutes before or sixty minutes after a meal. Keep hydrated.

During third stage post-op:

At this stage, we can add finely diced meats and peeled soft vegetables to our warm fat-free broth. Time to make some chicken soup for the soul. Stay hydrated and remember to eat small portions of soup four-to-six times a day.


During fourth stage post-op:

At this stage, more solid foods can be added to your diet plan. If sick with the flu, you should be consuming plenty of liquids. Remember to take the appropriate medicines to fight your flu symptoms. 

“Flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now,” said Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “This is the first year we have had the entire continental U.S. be the same color on the graph, meaning there is widespread activity in all continental U.S. at this point.”

This year the flu is “worse than before,” getting vaccinated is a sure way to prevent this flu from entering your body. See your healthcare professional if you can receive the flu shot due to recovery or if you have any allergies to eggs.

Be safe this flu season!