Influenza

 

Influenza is a Viral infection that attacks your respiratory system.

It is commonly known as FLU

For most people it resolves on its own, however, certain people are at risk of developing complications these groups include.

  • Young children < 5 & especially those < 2 years of age.
  • Adults > 65 yrs
  • Pregnant women & women two- weeks post-partum.
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • People who have chronic conditions like asthma, copd, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease.
  • People who are very obese
  • People working in nursing homes.

SYMPTOMS

  • Fever over 100.4 (38 C)
  • Aching muscles
  • Chills and sweats
  • Headache
  • Dry persistent cough
  • Fatigue & weakness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat.

 

When to see a doctor.

If you have symptoms of Flu and are at a risk of developing complications see your doctor right away. Taking anti-viral drugs within 48 hrs of developing the symptoms can help to reduce the duration of illness and prevent complications.

 

CAUSES

  • When someone infected coughs, the germs are spread through the air in the form of droplets.
  • Directly by touching objects of the infected person such as mobile, computer etc

 

COMPLICATIONS.

  • Pneumonia (is the most serious complication)
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma flare up.
  • Heart problems
  • Ear infections.

PREVENTION.

Flu shots are available at the Clinic on request.

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