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Kick that Flu Out!
by: Kristine Llabres
Everyone already experienced having influenza and the common denominator among them is the nasty strains feeling of it. Flu will put down your usual activities and let you experienced the battlefield of beating the headache plus the muscle and joint pains. Whew!

The influenza virus is spread just by mere droplets sent airborne by an infected person’s sneezes and coughs. Usually the germs are just waiting in the air and on the surroundings all around to be in touched again to a new victim. In most cases, the first one to be infected with the virus is the children because they have had little experience with flu in the past and their immune system is not fully developed.

The little ones are in close contact with other youngsters in closed rooms when they play or attend to school, which make ideal breeding grounds for the viruses because children are disreputable for not washing their hands as well as covering their mouth whenever they sneeze or cough.

How will you know if you are already contracted with flu? It may sound like the usual questions but think again. There are many different kinds of flu which are all caused by some virus but the secret is to figure out which of the three groups of viruses is responsible for your particular influenza misery.

The symptoms range is sternness and can mimic those of the common cold and respiratory infections. Most of flu infected persons complain of cough, stuffy nose, fever, sore throat, headaches and often muscle and joint pains. A cold may go away in several days to a week, but the flu can linger on for up to two weeks. Unfortunately, for people who are in the high risk of having flu category, symptoms can worsen and develop into potentially life-threatening medical emergencies and so on.

Some sixty-five and over persons are advice to get a flu shot every year. It is especially important that people with heat disease and those that have pulmonary diseases that includes asthma, then diabetes or nay problem with their immune system have the vaccination.

Flu is extremely contagious and a loving hug or kiss from a grandchild can innocently spread the whole virus to anyone who will be lucky enough to catch it! Although the flu maybe a little threat to an otherwise healthy child or even to his parents, respiratory complications for older adults with these chronic illnesses can be potentially life-threatening.

There is no cure for flu but there are certainly a lot of common sense things families can do to minimize their risk of infection or spreading the flu to other family members. Any flu-like symptoms should have their own eating utensils, washcloths, towels, and other personal belongings and of course rest a lot and drink plenty of water.

Take note that children should not be given aspirin when they have flu because studies shows that it may linked to further illness just like Reye’s syndrome in young ones who are recovering from the virus.

The best way is to clean the surroundings well, be hygienic and avoid having interaction with a person who suffers flu to stop spreading virus all over. Do not forget to eat nutritious foods and drink plenty of water and you can beat you flu away!


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