Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Flu Outbreak

The flu, one of the most deadly epidemics that broke out in 1918 and killed as many as 50 people. It is a virus infecting the respiratory system. There are three types of flu viruses which include the following: Type A, B, and C. Type A is the worst virus to obtain and is the virus that broke out and killed those 50 people in 1918. The best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get an annual vaccine. Scientists develop a new vaccine every fall. Getting vaccinated before flu season reduces your chances of getting the flu and helps you to recover faster if you do get it. The most common symptoms are fevers, chills, body aches, and weakness. Influenza is caused by a virus that is spread by touching a surface a person with the flu has touched and transmitting the virus to your mouth or nose.
There are many risk factors that arise in young children and adults from complications of the flu such as: chronic illness, pregnant woman, working in childcare, working in health care, etc. The best treatment care is bed rest and drinking plenty of fluids. Over the counter pain relievers also help reduce fevers and muscle aches. The flu is a serious virus to take precaution to. Not only does it make the body weaker but it has killed multiple people. It is important to sneeze and cough properly when sick and around others, also to constantly wash your hands. The flu is very contagious and is constantly spreading from one person to the next. Most people with a healthy immune system get over the flu in about 2 weeks. Approximately 35,000 people in the US die of the flu each year.

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