Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a virus affecting the respiratory tract. While a lot of us just suffer for a few days from the flu and then go on about our lives, the truth is that flu is the sixth most common cause of death in the U.S., and is particularly dangerous for anyone over the age of 65.
The flu virus can turn into pneumonia too, an even more serious health challenge. Now, in addition to the common flu, we all are hearing about the potential for the spread from human to human of the avian flu. The bird flu, so far, has only infected a few people in China. The people infected with bird flu so far seem to be those in direct contact with birds in their work, such as those
who work in poultry farms but scientists fear that soon, the virus that causes avian flu could mutate in such a way that it allows human to human infection. It just makes sense to educate yourself about viruses and the immune system and to do all you can to boost your immune response and protect yourself and your family from all strains of flu virus.
How does the influenza virus spread? The flu virus can be spread from and infected person by coughing and sneezing and the symptoms of the flu virus may not surface for 24 hours after one has contracted the infection. The flu season usually begins to peak in November through April.
The flu virus can only live within a living cell of a human or animal. A virus has genetic material (DNA or RNA), allowing it to make copies of itself once it is in a living cell. They are very small and fit easily into human cells. Besides the genetic material other parts of a virus are the capsid and the protein coating. The capsid is the outermost shell of a virus and the protein coating contains the genetic material. The flu virus contains RNA and is able to reproduce within living cells.
How many types of flu are there, that affect humans? The types of flu virus that attack humans are type A, B, and C. Type A of the flu virus can attack both humans and animals like swine, birds, horses, and aquatic mammals. Being immune to one strain of flu virus does not mean that you have immunity to all other strains. Two different strains of the flu virus can combine in a living cell of an animal or human and reproduce to form a mutated version of the original flu virus strain.
.Flu Symptoms - fever, chills, sweating, muscle aches and pains, severe headache, weakness, loss of appetite, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, and chest pains.
.Flu Season - November thru April
.2004 Flu Vaccine - 2004 flu vaccines still contain a form of mercury, thimerosal.
.Flu Prevention - Avoid close contact with sick people. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
.Flu Shot Side Effects - Those most susceptible to side effects include those who suffer from Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), infants under 6 months of age, anyone who has had severe flu shot side effects in the past and anyone who is sick with a fever.
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How do you know if you have the flu?
Lab tests, such as swabs of the deep nasal passage or throat, can be used to diagnose the flu virus. Unfortunately, these tests are not always practical. Many general practitioners will make the diagnosis by observing the symptoms and through physical examinations. Not everyone needs a 2004 flu vaccine, those who do need it the most are children between the ages of 6-23 months of age and adults over the age of 65. The best tip for flu prevention is to maintain a healthy immune system.
Does the flu shot have side effects? It's possible, yes.
There may be flu shot side effects, as with any type of medication. Strains of the flu virus do not always match up to the strains in the flu vaccine. It is wise to exercise other options in addition to or in place of the flu vaccine.