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Influenza or the "Flu" is a common infection of the lungs and breathing passages, as well as other parts of the body. The name influenza comes from the Italian word "influenza" which means "influence" and in Latin it is known as influentia. Influenza affects millions of people, anyone can get the flu, but young children, older adults, people with weakened immune systems and those with chronic illnesses are especially get affected by this virus.
Compared with most other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, influenza infection often causes a more severe illness which has a mortality rate of about 0.1% of people who are infected with the virus. The incubation period of influenza is one to four days long, with an infection period lasting from 3 to 7 days. Most deaths that involve the flu are attributed to secondary bacterial infections that appear after damage to the upper respiratory tract.
Influenza virus is classified into different types i.e. A, B, and C
Influenza is caused by a virus in the human body. It spreads when infected persons cough, sneeze, or even talk around others. The flu spreads quickly anywhere people gather like schools, child-care centers, offices, nursing homes, buses, conferences and cruises when someone who's infected with the influenza virus coughs or sneezes.
Signs & Symptoms
Symptoms usually appear in a person 1 to 4 days after being exposed. The main symptoms of influenza are:
Doctors can easily diagnose the disease simply by examining a patient.
There are the following ways by which you can prevent yourself from Influenza:
Various types of alternative treatments have been recommended for the treatment of influenza. But in most of the cases the success of these treatments has little or no scientific evidence available. Some of the alternative treatments include:
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