Influenza which is commonly known as ‘Flu’ is a respiratory illness which is contagious and caused by viruses. It can either be caused by influenza A or B viruses. Flu appears most frequently in winter and early spring. It is the season now and you need to take precautions so as to prevent yourself from having it. It is primarily of the nose, throat, and lungs.
Here are the facts you need to know and how to Prevent Flu:
Flu can sometimes be confused with a bad cold because of the symptoms they present like cough, sneezing, running nose, sore throat etc but here are some other things to look out for in the case of flu.
· High temperature
· Cold sweats and shivers
· Aching joints and limbs
· Fatigue, feeling exhausted
· Tiredness which can linger for weeks
It must be noted that it is not everybody that will have all the symptoms but early symptoms include fatigue, cough, sore throat, fever, and body ache.
Antibiotics alone cannot cure flu since it is caused by a virus. Vaccines are available for some particular set of people and it is advised to be taken in the case of seasonal flu but you must consult your Doctor for this. The best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated yearly as soon as the vaccines are available.
Individuals with flu should do the following so as to prevent infecting other people since flu is contagious.
· stay at home
· avoid contact with other people where possible
· keep warm and rest
· consume plenty of liquids
· avoid alcohol
· stop smoking
· eat if possible
· eat more of fruits and vegetables and also natural foods