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The ABC of influenza

Posted in Influenza 04 Nov, 2010

Every year thousands of unsuspecting people in the UK catch the flu. It’s the main reason for seasonal bouts of sneezing and coughing and aches and pains that last for days at a time. Influenza symptoms affect some people more than others, especially the very young, the elderly and people with a weak immune system. This viral infection comes in 3 strains: A, B and C.

Influenza type A: This is the most aggressive form and causes the most severe symptoms. Amongst other outbreaks, Influenza A was responsible for the Spanish Flu of 1918 and 2009’s swine flu.

Influenza type B: This form of the virus mutates 2-3 times slower than type A, though due to its nature, lasting immunity against it is not possible. It does not cause pandemics such as swine flu.

Influenza Type C: This is the most benign and least common form of the virus, and usually only causes mild influenza symptoms in children.

Overcoming the flu
Common prevention of this condition is a vaccination. Many countries have state organized vaccination programs that inoculate the majority of population, preventing the transmission of the virus. If you haven’t had the flu you can request prescription medication tablets from your doctor or an online clinic.

Tamiflu can both prevent and treat the flu virus to help you get better quicker. Aside from the old fashion cure of bed rest and plenty of liquids, this method remains one of the most efficient ways of overcoming of influenza symptoms.

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