One of the worst influenza outbreaks in the years continues to spread throughout the country, sometimes with deadly results.
In Oregon, the flu is killed by at least three children this time – compared to earlier times. only this week, a strain of the virus called influenza A killed 37-year-old Stephanie Shradar and her unborn child. Stephanie's wife, Lee Shradar, a widow and their two daughters, aged 5 and 7, have no mother.
Influenza A may be dangerous, but it is not an automatic killer, according to Centers for Control and Prevention of Disease. Here are some things you should know about the virus.
Influenza is a respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses.
According to the CDC, symptoms usually include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue.
But the flu is unlike the typical cold – can and kill. The complications include pneumonia, ear and sinus infection or aggravation of other pre-existing medical conditions.
Influenza is infectious and anyone who gets it, even children, adults and people with some medical conditions is more dangerous. The "flu season" is generally October to May.
Most scientists believe that flu is spread when virus strips travel in the air while people have cough, sneeze or talk.
Flu is useful, and it is important to contact a health care professional quickly if symptoms occur.
] Antiviral drugs can be used to treat the flu. If your doctor has prescribed you, take it.
If you get sick, the CDC recommends that you stay for at least 24 hours and stay in touch with other people to reduce the likelihood that you can infect others.
Most people do not need to visit the emergency department when they get the flu. But the CDC recommends people to seek emergency health care if they have a breathing problem, bluish or skin, continuous chest pain or muscle pain, dehydration and high fever, in addition to other emergency conditions.
CDC recommends taking flu vaccine each year to prevent flu spread. Flu vaccines are safe and are shown to reduce the spread of the virus and reduce the risk of complications.
CDC also recommends the use of general sanitation techniques, such as avoiding people with illness, covering coughs and sneezes and regular washing.
flu vaccine is easy.
You can use the CDC flu shot online finder and find providers through your zip code. Vaccines are usually available at your local pharmacy.
– Gordon R. Friedman