Influenza

Deadly

Body System Affected

Respiratory- affects lungs, throat and nose (bring oxygen into the body & eventually into the blood)


Normal Respitory Function

Lungs take in fresh air, and release bad air

Rib cage protects your lungs

Respiratory System with the Flu

bronchial tubes- swollen

lungs- full of water some times




Targeted Population

5-20% of Americans are infected with the flu a year. 200,000 are hospitalized. and 36,000 died last year. People older then 65 and younger then 2 weeks old they have a greater chance to get the flu.


Onset

The flu is contagious an spreads by sneezing and coughing. Its contagious one day before and seven after.

Diagnosis

Doctors check you symptoms. And run test like your temp, blood test, and checks your breathing.


Sings And Symptoms

  • Fever over 100 F (38 C)

  • Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs

  • Chills and sweats

  • Headache

  • Dry cough

  • Fatigue and weakness

  • Nasal congestion

  • sore throat

  • nose- runny and stuffy nose

  • throat- sore throat -hurts to swallow

  • bronchial tubes- swollen

  • lungs- full of water some times

Treatment

drugs- can shorten symptoms by 1 to 2 days- need to take within 2 days of getting sick

- need to take anti-viral drug for 5 days

- can prevent flu complications

- you should have a flu vaccine yearly


Prognosis

  • if you are over 65

  • if you are a baby or a very young child

  • if you are pregnant

  • if you have some kind of heart or cardiovascular disease

  • if you have asthma or bronchitis

  • if you have a kidney disease

  • if you have diabetes

  • if you are taking steroids

  • if you have cancer

  • if you have problems with your immune system


Connections

  • I've had the flu and many other people in my family have had the flu.

  • In the month of November 5.2% of krms students were absent, November is the most likely time you would get the flu


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