Influenza Abstract

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The Influenza Virus Abstract: Every year, significant numbers of people around the world experiences illness and possible death associated with influenza. Animal vaccination programs are offered to all areas of the population and aimed at protecting the public against influenza. The success of these programs depends on worldwide tracking and observation of influenza outbreaks, the effectiveness of vaccine ingredients, and the ability to reach population who are at highest risk for developing influenza and the complications related to influenza. Introduction: People have suffered from influenza for thousands of years. Viruses identical or closely related to the human form of the infection can be isolated from ducks, turkeys, swine,…show more content…
To ease symptoms, your doctor will recommend rest and drinking plenty of fluids (at least eight cups daily). Because the flu is a viral infection, antibiotics are not effective. For fever and body aches, over the counter pain relievers are recommended. Children who are suspected of having the flu and who have high fevers should never be given aspirin to treat the fever, which can cause Reye’s syndrome. Instead, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is recommended. It is also recommended to contact a health care provider if there is a fever over 38o C after three days, a cough that brings up heavy mucous, or if there is increasing difficulty in…show more content…
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommend flu vaccination for all Americans over the age of 6 months. Immunizations against influenza provide fair protection or can lessen the symptoms if the disease is contracted. Every year, scientists develop a vaccine against the most recently circulating strain of the virus. The immunization is given by injection or nasal mist each fall in anticipation of the coming flu season. You must be immunized within one week to four months prior to exposure for the vaccine to be effective. The vaccine is composed of inactivated organisms from several virus strains with scientist attempt to include the most recent mutation. Vaccines are typically 67-92 percent effective. Although most people recover fully from the flu, some develop serious complications, including life threatening conditions such as pneumonia. About 20,000 people in the United States die from flu complications each year and thousands more need to be hospitalized prior to recovery. Healthy people under the age of 65 usually suffer no long term consequences associated with influenza. Most people will fully recover but they need to follow treatment recommendations. References: Transmission of the flu is usually through direct contact from person to person, such as by shaking hands. Also when an infected person coughs or sneezes, small droplets are formed

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