The Flu - The Influenza Virus

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The influenza virus attacks the respiratory system, and there is more than one type. There is influenza A, B, and C. This virus is transmitted through droplets when people that are infected with it, cough, sneeze, or talk.
This virus usually attacks people that are over the age of 65 and young children, but its victims also include people that have a chronic medical condition and pregnant women. Also, any job that requires traveling to foreign places, exposes the worker to the influenza virus. These jobs include a traveling nurse/doctor, a military deploymat, a navy sailor, and any other job that requires traveling around the world.


The influenza virus is blamed to cause the following symptoms, feeling cold, sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, headaches, muscle or body aches, fatigue, and vomiting (mostly in young children). Luckily, it causes no significant damage to an organism's body.


A person could come in contact with influenza type A from various types of animals like chickens, pigs, whales, horses, ducks, seals, and wild birds. On the other hand, influenza type B is only found in humans.


There are many ways you can protect yourself from the influenza virus. Like to defend yourself you could stay away from people that are already infected with the virus or have the flu. You can also prevent yourself from the virus by washing your hands with soap and water, and getting an annual flu vaccination. Lastly, some treatments you should try is taking anti-inflammatory pain relievers and an influenza antiviral drug.