Influenza (FLU) is a highly contagious viral infection of the nose, throat, and lungs. When you have the flu, your body’s ability to fight off other infections is lowered and more serious, sometimes fatal complications can occur, like:
Influenza spreads rapidly from person to person by air-born droplets carried in a cough or a sneeze. Under the right conditions the virus can survive up to 48 hours on nonporous surfaces like a telephone receiver, computer keyboard, doorknob, kitchen countertop, coffee pot handle….and it can incubate in as little as one day.
The influenza virus causes one of the world’s most serious respiratory illnesses. It is potentially fatal and infects humans in the tens of millions each year. The virus changes each year – sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.
Fever generally lasts 3-5 days, and is often higher in the afternoons and evenings, with some decrease in the mornings. Fever typically runs higher in children and can be over 104°.
If you feel seriously ill, you should always visit your doctor. Only your doctor will be able to tell you if you have a condition that requires treatment or if bed rest and fluids are all you need to get better. If you think you have the flu, visit your doctor as soon as symptoms [...]