Influenza Investigation Report

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Investigate Report Joseph Chang Mrs. Cooper Honors Biology 7 April 2015 Influenza Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses (Seasonal Influenza). This virus has been a major problem in the past and quite recently. The earliest recognized influenza pandemic was in 1580. This virus started in Asia in the summer and within 6 months, it had spread to Africa and Europe, then eventually North America. One of the most known influenza outbreak was the Spanish Influenza of 1918. This outbreak happened during the end World War I and caused more deaths than the war itself. It is called the Spanish Flu because of all the media reporting that the virus originated in Spain, but China and…show more content…
The cough can last almost two weeks while most people recover from the other symptoms in almost a week. Once someone is infected it takes about two days for symptoms to show (Influenza [Seasonal]). As one can see, some of the symptoms are quite similar to a cold, so to ensure ones does or does not have a flu contact your doctor. The flu is caused by the influenza virus which is continuously changing, this is why it is recommended to get a flu shot every year. If not treated, the flu can spread quite rapidly, it can be passed through the air after someone coughs or sneezes or spread through hand contact (Influenza [Seasonal]). The virus will then start to infect the host and begin to multiply by inserting their RNA into the host. It will continue to multiply until it is treated with a vaccine. Someone with the flu may get a headache and always feel sore. Muscle and joint pain may occur, causing the infected person to not want to move. Some may feel uneasy or…show more content…
Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines that fight the flu in your body. Using antiviral drugs can lessen the symptoms and reduce the amount of time of the sickness by one or two days. However using antiviral drugs may cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, and behavioral side effects, but these side effects are highly uncommon. Antiviral drugs are usually for those with high risks of flu complications and one should consult their doctor if they should take this medication. Another treatment of the flu is a vaccination. This is highly recommended by clinics all over the world. Getting a flu shot will help the body develop antibodies in two weeks after the vaccination. The antibodies provide protection against the infection with the virus in the vaccine. The seasonal flu shot protects against influenza that research show will be most rampant during the upcoming season and the traditional flu shot is made to protect against three flu viruses, H1N1, H3N2, and an influenza B virus (Seasonal Influenza). Research for these vaccines are quite extensive. Trials require more than ten thousand participants and these participants have to be healthy which arise ethical issues (Webster 353). Long production cycles cost the vaccines companies a costly amount, ranging from $300 million - $1 billion and getting a vaccine registered may take 8-12 years for major viruses (Webster 355). Research for

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