Influenza, or the Flu is an illness that is triggered by a virus. The flu can cause many problems, symptoms, and effects that can range anywhere from manageable to fatal.
Average people of good health can recover from the flu without having any serious ramifications. It is best to note that certain individuals are at a higher risk for serious problems and complications.
In the United States, we have centers like the CDC that cooperate with counties and states to help maintain and treat flu outbreaks.
Symptoms that are caused by the flu can include, but are not limited to throat soreness, congestion in the nose, coughing, fever, aches, fatigue, and chills.
In most cases, the flu season runs from fall to spring. While many people usually have a natural immunity to the flu, a seasonal flu vaccination is available. There are stats the report on average 5-20% of a country will get the flu and will have deaths ranging anywhere from 3,000 to 48,000.
There are types of flu outbreaks known as pandemics that happen when a new strain of virus is released. These strains often leave people with low immunity to the specific strain so there is a threat for serious illness. A pandemic also usually spreads rapidly.
H5N1 (Bird) flu is an influenza A virus subtype that is highly contagious among birds. Rare human infections with the H5N1 (Bird) flu virus have occurred. The majority of confirmed cases have occurred in Asia, Africa, the Pacific, Europe and the Near East. Currently, the United States has no confirmed human H5N1 (Bird) flu infections, but H5N1 (Bird) flu remains a serious concern with the potential to cause a deadly pandemic.
The flu is an illness that can be a problem for the average american but should not be taken lightly as well. The flu can easily sneak up on your and cause you harm. Take the time to educate yourself and others about the flu.