By: Roman Holloway

What is the flu

  • The flu known as the Influenza, is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory system. Influenza typically causes fever,muscle aches, and a more severe cough than the common cold and usually lasts longer. A common viral infection that can be deadly, especially in high-risk groups. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.

Usually self-diagnosable

Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue. People may experience:

Pain areas: in the muscles

Cough: can be dry or with phlegm

Whole body: chills, dehydration, fatigue, fever, flushing, loss of appetite, body ache, or sweating

Nasal: congestion, runny nose, or sneezing

Also common: chest discomfort, head congestion, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, sore throat, or swollen lymph nodes


The flu is treated primarily with rest and fluid to let the body fight the infection on its own. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers may help with symptoms. Some people just go to the doctor and hope that it goes away

Flu shots

Many people get flu shouts each year and most of them get it. Now the shots can not really cause you to really get it.