What is influenza?
Influenza is a very common viral infection that attacks the respiratory system- the lungs, throat and nose. It is highly contagious and can be life-threatening.
What causes influenza?
It is caused by influenza viruses (Types A, B, C ± D)
How is it spread?
It can be spread by the following:
- Airborne respiratory droplets (cough, sneeze) of an infected person
- By touching a contaminated surface (doorknob, blanket or napkins).
- Skin-to-skin contact with an infected person (handshakes or hugs).
- By saliva of an infected person (shared drinks, kissing).
Who is at risk?
- Young children
- Older adults
- Pregnant women and people with chronic disease or weak immune system.
- Health care workers
What are the symptoms?
- Runny nose, sneezing
- Nasal congestion
- Sore throat
- Chest pressure
- Loss of appetite
- Sweats, flushing
- Fatigue (feeling extremely tired)
- Muscle aches
How do we prevent influenza?
- Vaccination with influenza vaccine
- Hand washing (with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs)
- Surface sanitizing
How do I get vaccinated?
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