Influenza By: Paulina Dwah

Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection causing fever and sever aching. Influenza is just another word for the flu (A very common disease). The flu attacks the lungs, nose, and throat. Young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with chronic disease or weak immune systems are at high risk.

Causes of Influenza are mild sever illness, hospitalization or even death

Some signs/symtoms of influenza *Fever or feeling feverish/chills *cough *sore throat *runny or stuffy nose *muscle or body aches *headaches *feeling tired *vomiting or diarrhea *congestion *fatigue

The flu is treated primarily with rest and fluid to let the body fight the infection on its own. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers may help with symptoms. An annual vaccine each year can help prevent the flu and limit its complications.

Some preventions of influenza are *Take care of your body by washing your hands after being outside or at school/work (Wash hands Often) *Getting a vaccination every year * Cover your mouth when every you cough or sneeze

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