Influenza By Mrs. Kinion

What is Influenza?

Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by the influenza virus. Its symptoms can range from mild to more severe and in rare cases can cause death.

How is Influenza Spread?

Influenza is spread through others that have the virus. They cough, sneeze, or talk and add droplets to the air that are then transferred to others. They will often land in the mouth or nose of an uninfected person, and cause the spread of the illness.

Some believe that it can also be caused surface contact if the virus is on a surface that is touched by someone. That person then touches their mouth, eyes, or nose and the disease is spread to that person.

Symptoms of Influenza

  • Fever/Chills
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Running/Stuffy Nose
  • Muscle and Body Aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatique
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea (more often in kids)

Preventing Influenza

The first way to prevent influenza is to get a flu shot each cold and flu season. This develops antibodies in the system that will provide protection against the viruses that were in the injection.

Another way to prevent influenza is to avoid contact with people who have been infected. The virus is spread through others, so by avoiding others who have been exposed you are reducing your risk to contract the virus.

Treatment Of Influenza

Rest and fluids are the main treatments for influenza. There are also antiviral medications that well help fight the disease in the body. It will shorten the time that your body will need to fight the influenza virus.

Time of Year for Influenza

The graphic below shows three years of data showing the time of year when cases of influenza were reported most often. This gives an idea of the height of cold and flu season.

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