INFLUENZA Causes,signs/SYMPTOMS, treatments, and preventions

a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory passages causing fever, severe aching, and catarrh, and often occurring in epidemics.

-flu virus

-Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person, through coughing or sneezing by people infected with influenza.

-Sometimes people may become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their mouth or nose.

-Fever* or feeling feverish/chills

-Cough

-Sore throat

-Runny or stuffy nose

-Muscle or body aches

-Headaches

-Fatigue (tiredness)

-Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea,

though this is more common in children than adults.

-Oseltamivir is an oral medication.

-Zanamivir is inhaled through a device similar to an asthma inhaler

-you'll need nothing more than bed rest and plenty of fluids to treat the flu

-Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs. The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.

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