Influenza Essay

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Influenza is a respiratory virus that is contagious and can be very serious for elderly patients, those over 65 years of age. It can also be very dangerous for the very young of age. There are three types of flu viruses - influenza A, influenza B, and influenza C. Types A and B viruses cause seasonal epidemics which hit the U.S. and Europe essentially every winter. They may hit later in the season, but are generally seen in the winter. The type C influenza virus causes mild respiratory illness and is not accountable for influenza outbreaks.
Influenza or Flu is a respiratory virus which is highly contagious, and is usually passed on by coughing or sneezing, of an already infected person. You can get the flu by something as simple as shaking hands with an infected person. The signs and symptoms are usually contagious one to two days before a patient feels ‘the symptoms’ or exhibits any symptoms and the infected person remains contagious for about seven days after initial onset. Essentially you spread the virus before it is even known you have the viral infection. (Nordqvist,) Some individuals may confuse the flu with a bad cold. The flu and a bad cold share many of the same symptoms. The flu symptoms are as follows:
 High temperature
 Cold sweats, shivers
 Headache
 Cough
 Rhinorrhea
 Aching joints and limbs
 Fatigue, feeling exhausted
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It is also important to stay away for anyone who exhibits symptoms of the flu. This is also a two recommendation. Anyone who believes they may have the flu should avoid public areas until they have been fever free for 24 hours. However, the number one way and most sufficient is to get a fly vaccine. While many state they have an egg allergy they have developed the vaccine flublok. An egg free vaccine. The recommendation of ACIP is to have the patient wait approximately 15 minutes after receiving. (Swierzewski, 2015, p.

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