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Influenza (the flu) is a highly contagious disease resulting from contact with influenza virus somewhere in the respiratory system, such as the nose, throat, ears and lungs.
The flu can affect anyone but children and elderly people are at greater risk of contracting the flu due to fragile health conditions. Most adults recover from the flu more easily, but people with higher risk of complications may require an additional medical treatment.
The flu is usually most widespread between November and March, but can also occur during the rest of the year.
Is the flu dangerous?
The flu virus spreads easily through breathing, speaking, coughing or sneezing, spreading from person to person. It is therefore extremely important to treat the flu when the first symptoms appear, so that complications do not become more serious.
Flu symptoms are usually a dry cough, runny nose, sneezing, muscle aches throughout the body, tiredness, difficulty in swallowing food and a fever. Flu symptoms are always much more intense than a simple cold and last much longer, about 2 to 3 weeks. To help to prevent the onset of flu, you shouldd you drink plenty of fluids like water or juice, avoid drastic temperature changes and avoid contact with people already infected with influenza virus.
What is the swine flu?
Swine flu is another type of influenza but inicially appeared in pigs. In 2009 there was an outbreak of swine flu which spread all over the world, leaving many people worried about the consequences, as it can occasionally br fatal.
What happens is that this virus normally found only in pigs, passed to humans and mutates, becoming a tougher and harder for our immune systems to fight. Symptoms of swine flu are no different from the seasonal flu that almost everyone has.
How can I avoid getting the flu?
Avoiding the flu is not easy, because the virus can be easily passed from person to person, without us being aware of it. A good level of hygiene is important to reduce the chance of catching the flu. If possible avoid contact with people who are already infected and avoid exposure to sudden changes in temperature as this may be sufficient to prevent the flu itself.
Help fight with the flu
If you think you have the flu, you should consult your doctor so that he or she can analyse your condition and decide if you really have the flu and if so, what treatment is right for you. It is also extremely important to take the flu vaccine every year. The doctor may also prescribe Tamiflu as a treatment to combat the flu. Tamiflu is, so far, the only treatment available that can combat flu effectively and safely.