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Common Cold – Flu Symptoms – and Flu Remedies

Updated on August 2, 2012

Flu is Not the Common Cold

Influenza is commonly known as flu. Influenza is not the common cold. Influenza is like the birds flu or the swine flu. Symptoms of influenza are much more severe than the symptoms of common cold. Influenza causing germs will keep changing every now and then. This way your body immune system is not able to build resistance. Thus, you can get recurrent flu every time there is a new flu in the air. Influenza germs are very much dependence to rainy weather seasons.

Influenza is Everywhere People Are

Influenza is present everywhere there are people. The Influenza causing virus is in saliva and mucus of people sick with Influenza. It is spread when they breathe, cough or sneeze. Influenza is therefore a very infectious disease. You will note that during the rainy and cold months, more people get sick with Influenza.

Avian Influenza Infections in Humans

World's Avian Influenza Infections in Humans

Most people are able to go about their daily duties with common cold. But if they get influenza, they stay in bed as they suffer from fever, coughs, aches, shivering, headaches and tiredness for three to five days. Thereafter, coughs and general tiredness may continue for a few weeks. Follow the link to see a large scale map of avian influenza infections in humans worldwide

Influenza Is Flu

Influenza is commonly known as flu. Influenza is not the common cold. Unlike the common cold, influenza can result in severe complications of bronchitis, pneumonia, and otitis media in children. If you suffer from asthma, heart diseases and diabetes, an attack from influenza can make these conditions worse. If you are past sixty years of age, an attack from influenza should be taken very seriously as death is a real risk once you are past sixty years in age.

Prevention of influenza is by vaccination. It should be taken once every year or when you are about to travel to foreign lands. The influenza vaccination is adapted every year to account for the emergence of new strains of influenza and give best possible protection to people.

Severe Complications of Bronchitis

Unlike the common cold, influenza can result in severe complications of bronchitis, pneumonia, and otitis media in children. If you suffer from asthma, heart diseases and diabetes, an attack from influenza can make these conditions worse. If you are past sixty years of age, an attack from influenza should be taken very seriously as death is a real risk once you are past sixty years in age.

Protection of an influenza attack is particular crucial to patient with chronic diseases of HIV, anemic, asthmatics, lung diseases, heart diseases, expectant mothers and all the elderly.

New Strains of Flu

Be wary of those people who have recently traveled to other countries where it is likely they were exposed to influenza - they are likely to spread new strains of flu to you. Other transmitters will include hospital personnel and employee of nursing homes who have contact with influenza patients.

The best remedy for protection against influenza is prevention. Prevention is by vaccination. It should be taken once every year or when you are about to travel to foreign lands. The influenza vaccination is adapted every year to account for the emergence of new strains of influenza and give best possible protection to people.

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