Influenza

A.K.A The Flu

Description of Influenza

-Repository Illness

-It is a virus

-Can be at time fatal

-It is also commonly said as being the "flu".

-It can be contagious at any age group but teens and kids get it more often than adults.

-Found to be sever for people over the age of 65


Influenza M.O (Police Jargon)

This virus attacks the organism by entering your system through the mouth or nose. Afterward, the virus enters the airways and respiratory system. The virus attacks the regular cells in the respiratory tract and when the normal cells die, the virus cell replicates. If the immune system does not clear out the virus, then too many cells die so does the person. The spread comes from droplets coming from sneezing or coughing enter another persons body system. Another way it spreads is touching objects that have the droplets on it. This particular virus can effect multiple people in an area at the same time. The "Swine" flu became a pandemic (world-wide epidemic) in 2009.
Flu Attack! How A Virus Invades Your Body

Most Common Victims

Unlike any other virus with exception to some others, the flu can happen to ANYBODY. The only way to be flu free is staying inside a house alone forever. Anybody who is sick can transfer it to another. Obviously there are way to prevent it to some extent by washing your hands, not shaking the persons hand, etc. Here are a list of people that can have greater damage to the flu because of their condition.


  • all kids 6 months through 4 years old
  • anyone 65 years and older
  • women who will be pregnant during flu season
  • People who live in nursing homes
  • any adult or child with conditions such as asthma
  • Doctors who help patients with the flu
  • Native Americans and Alaskan Native
  • Kidney disorders
  • Liver disorders

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Culprit Hideout

The "hideout" is not really a hideout. You know you have the potential flu virus when you even see a sick person. The flu can come expectantly knowing someone in your family has it or a stranger sneezing from the seat across from you! However, one thing that is certain it comes from the respiratory system and goes through the mouth or nose and enters another respiratory system. In 2009, it was something that was scary world-wide, people did not know what to do.

Symptoms

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • tiredness
  • nausea or vomiting
  • weakness
  • ear pain

Damage of the Flu

In terms of life or death, the flu can be fatal depending on the age of the victim. If over 65, the flu can possibly be fatal, as well if you are under 5. However, if you are a teen or an adult between 5 and 65, fatality has a reduced chance of dying from the virus.

Treatment

The one and only, VACCINE! The vaccine is the most effective and common treatment who cured most people of the flu. It was also the solution to the 2009 pandemic. However, the following people should not get vaccinated to the things put in the vaccine:
  • People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
  • People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.
  • Children younger than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for use in this age group). Now the following people SHOULD get vaccinated
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
    • Health care workers


Vaccines can also be used as a nasal spray, it also reduces the number of tears kids have from the pain of shots.

5 Interesting Facts

1. The word influenza comes from the Italian influentia because people used to believe that the influence of the planets, stars, and moon caused the flu.

2. In the U.S alone, the records state the treatment for the flu cost more than 1 billion dollars.

3. The Spanish flu killed more Americans in one year than the combined total who died in battles like WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

4. Flu viruses can live up to 48 hours on hard surfaces and up to 12 hours on cloth and tissues.

5. pigs, birds, and humans.are the only species for now that can get the flu.