Seasonal Influenza: Symptoms and Prevention

Seasonal Influenza (flu) viruses are diagnosed throughout the year but are most common between fall and winter. It is easily contracted by any individual, but young children and elderly people tend to be most susceptible. Easily and rapidly transmitted through contact, crowded areas such as schools and public transport are ideal places for contracting the flu.

Symptoms

In most cases the symptoms of seasonal influenza are quite similar:

  • Common characteristics are fever, sore throat, dry cough, headache, runny nose, and joint-muscle pain.
  • The cough is most severe symptom and generally lasts for two or more weeks.
  • Fever and other symptoms can run their course within a week. Using an Infrared Thermometer to measure body temperature will allow you to monitor any improvement or deterioration in condition.

Treatment

  • For most patients, antiviral drugs are the most common treatment option.
  • People in the high-risk category must see their doctor and only take prescribed medication
  • When used for treatment, antivirals reduce symptoms and shorten the time you are sick. They can also prevent serious flu complications like pneumonia.

Prevention

  • Get vaccinated every year.
  • Practicing good health habits can help stop germs, but if one is down with seasonal influenza, they should avoid close contact with other people.
  • People should avoid going to crowded places like schools and metros so that the flu does not transmit to other individuals.

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