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Common Diseases > Influenza

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses which can cause mild to severe illness, and even cause death.

Various forms of flu are common all over the world and the elderly, children, and people with weak immune systems  health conditions, are more susceptible becoming affected by flu viruses and complications. Every year in the United States an average of 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu. Over 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from flu.

Weak Immune System
The principal reason that people become ill after coming in contact with an influenza virus is that their immune system is unable to defend the body and healthy people with b immune systems are less likely to become infected, or when coming in contact with a new strain of flu virus, any sickness is mild and they recover quickly.

Symptoms of Flu include:

  • fever
  • headache
  • extreme tiredness
  • dry cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle aches
  • Stomach symptoms, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may occur but are more common in children than adults

Complications of Flu
Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. Children may get sinus problems and ear infections.

How Flu Spreads
Flu viruses spread in respiratory droplets caused by coughing and sneezing. They usually spread from person to person, though sometimes people become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 days after becoming sick. That means that you can pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

How to avoid the flu
People are less likely to become affected by flu viruses when:

  • they are physically fit and healthy
  • have a strong immune system

The elderly and those with weak immune systems may use herbal or homeopathic immune system boosters or products like Buccaline Burna, an oral anti flu vaccine.
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