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Influenza is a viral infection.

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Influenza Influenza is a viral infection.It is an infection of the air passages (respiratory tract). It causes:Fever, Head ache, Muscle ache, Weakness, Chills, Loss of appitite, Fatigue. Influenza is formally known as 'flu'. Flu is spread by virus infected droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by a person who is carrying the virus around.It usually occurs in small outbrakes or very rarely in epidemics.Outbrakes tend to occur in winter;it spreads rapidly especially in schools and old peoples' homes. Causes There are three types of influenza virus's called, A, B and C. A person who has been attacked by virus C needs antibodies (proteins made by the immune system).They should provide immunity against the virus for life.Type C only ...read more.


The type A version of influenza is the worst out of all three not only do you suffer all the symptons listed above but it is highly unstable, so if you thought, you felt like you were going to die when you had type B with type A you might as well be sleeping in your coffin.It is very rare for a person to die from flu unless it keeps resisting the antibodies it will become a severe case of pneumonia and that can kill you in 2-3 days (sooner in a young healthy adult).New strains appear constantly around the world some of these strains can also sometimes develop in to major epidemics like the Spanish Flu in 1918, the ...read more.


Prevention and Treatment Anti-Influenza vaccines that contain killed strains of types A and B are currently available at the Doctors, but they only have a 60 to 70 per cent success rate in preventing infection.The vaccine is short lived as any immunity provided doesn't last long.The vaccination must be repeated each year just before the 'flu season' begins.Older people are recommended to have a vaccination and anyone suffering from respiratory or circulatory diseases, espicially if they are living in institutions or old peples homes. In all but the mildest cases, a person with Flu should rest in a warm bed and a warm well ventilated room.Painkillers should be taken to relieve aches and pains also to reduce fever.Warm fluids soothe a sore throat and inhaling steam has a soothing effect on the lungs. By Steffie Syme. ...read more.

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