What is Influenza?
Most commonly referred to as flu, influenza is a viral disease that affects birds and mammals alike. The symptoms of the flu include fever, sore throat, coughing, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, wheezing, dizziness, tiredness, and gastrointestinal complications. Flu can sometimes lead to severe pneumonia and even death.
Who is at the risk of contracting the Flu?
Babies, pregnant women and people of an older age are at the highest risk of complications from the influenza virus. However, there are specific strains of flu that have significantly affected the younger population and adults. If you get in close contact with an infected person, the chances of getting infected are higher. One can use soap, disinfectants, and sunlight to kill the virus easily. Still, influenza is a seasonal epidemic with around more than 5 million annual cases worldwide. Every year, about half a million people die from the flu.
Is the virus fatal?
The virus quickly mutates and has resulted in pandemic incidents throughout history. The epidemic flu strain mutates every year, making it challenging for doctors and health officials to predict which type will affect the masses in any year. It is strongly advised to get vaccinated against the most likely endemic flu virus on an annual basis.