Flu is highly contagious. Influenza viruses is divided into 3 types:
(1) Type A. Subtypes A(H1N1) and A(H3N2) are the main ones circulating among humans.
(2) Type B. Infects humans almost exclusively and is responsible for severe pneumonia, meningitis and other invasive diseases in children below 5 years old.
(3) Type C. Less frequent. Usually causes either a very mild respiratory illness or no symptoms at all.
One of the dangers is that flu viruses are able to mutate as they travel all over the world. This is why immunity towards the virus does not last long, and people can catch the flu many times during their life. As children have a weaker immune system, they are more susceptible.
How Does Flu Spread
Flu spreads easily:
- through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
- when an infected person touches a contaminated surface, which another person touches and subsequently touches his mouth.
Symptoms of Flu
- sudden fever
- chills and shakes
- muscle aches
- extreme fatigue
- dry cough and/or sore throat
- loss of appetite
In younger children or newborns, additional symptoms include:
- high ever that can't be explained with no other signs of illness
- febrile seizures/convulsions
- stomach upset, vomiting, diarrhea
- earaches and red eyes
- severe leg or back pain due to muscle inflammation.
Infection period is 1 day before symptoms start to show, and up to 5 days after falling sick.
- middle ear infections
- neurological problems
- heart inflammation
- pulmonary diseases like bronchitis
How to Reduce the Occurrence of Flu
- good hygiene practices like frequent hand washing, covering one's mouth when coughing, proper disposal of tissues after use and avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth
- stay at home for at least 24 hours if feeling sick with a flu-like illness.
High Risk People
- people with chronic respiratory conditions like asthma, heart and lung diseases
- pregnant women
- adults above 65 years old
- children below 5 years old
- obese people.
StarFit4Life, It's the Flu by Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail, 20 November 2011
StarFit4Life, Sensible Protection by Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail, 1 January 2012)
Most Effective Treatment
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