Winter is coming – the flu too

When again the earth’s northern axis is tilting away from the sun and the days are getting shorter, we know that winter is not far. With the cold season come runny noses, coughs and sneezes and the flu.

What is flu?

Flu is a communicable disease caused by the Influenza virus that spreads via direct contact and airborne droplets. The virus has two main subtypes, A and B. Type A causes more severe symptoms and is responsible for pandemics. B is less virulent, it just lingering around, mainly towards the end of winter.

Unlike a cold, flu symptoms come on quickly including fever and aching muscles. It knocks the toughest out; too unwell to continue any regular activities, you need to rest in bed. Particularly in the frail and elderly, it can cause severe illness or even death.

Flu Virus

Flu symptoms include:

• sudden fever
• dry cough
• a sore throat, runny or blocked nose
• headache
• tiredness & weakness
• chills
• aching muscles, limbs or joints
• diarrhoea or abdominal pain
• nausea and vomiting
• difficulty sleeping
• loss of appetite

The flu vaccine

Every year, before the flu season, healthcare providers offer vaccination against this illness, primarily for people who are most at risk. The vaccine consists of protection against a mix of viruses from both subtypes. Scientists at the WHO figure out each year what the likely pathological strains will look like and release a recommendation for a vaccine for the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. Thie vaccine for the flu 2017/2018 in Europe and the US will be the same as the one used in Australia.

The vaccine is undoubtedly the best measure to protect from the flu. Even if it does not match the current virus entirely, it can provide partial protection.

Prediction for 2017/2018

The flu season typically starts in the southern hemisphere, while we are busy sunbathing, it finds the first casualties in Australia and then moves slowly northbound to reach us in November/December. It is more often than not the same strain of the virus.
This year Australia has suffered a severe flu epidemic caused by Influenza A(H3N2), infecting 2.5 times more people than the previous year and with double the fatalities.

In our flu season, we see the same features as the southern hemisphere, which would lead us to expect a higher than average epidemic in Europe and the USA. Unpredictability, however, is typical for viral outbreaks. But if Australia’s large number of flu cases is a reflection on the efficiency of this year’s flu vaccine, our hospitals better brace themselves and get some winter wards ready.
How to prevent the flu?

When you got the flu

If you get the flu and you’re an active, healthy adult you are going to feel too unwell for up to seven days, and you are unable to continue your usual activities; there is usually no need to visit a general practitioner.

Consider visiting your doctor if:

• aged 65 years or over
• during pregnancy
• long-term medical condition
• weakened immune system
• unusual symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath or start coughing up blood

also if symptoms do not improve after a week or if they are getting worse

 

Keep up to date with the current flu situation:

 

 

Influenza virus

Published by oliver

When it comes to medical content, Oliver writes with an in-depth understanding of physiological, pathological and pharmacological concepts. He knows how clinical reasoning is applied and is experienced in accentuating his articles towards the reader.

Join the conversation

328 Comments

  1. Pingback: zithromax price
  2. Pingback: keflex names
  3. Pingback: duloxetine via iv
  4. Pingback: price viagra 100mg
  5. Pingback: buy cialis 100mg
  6. Pingback: sildenafil 85
  7. Pingback: 40 mg sildenafil
  8. Pingback: otc viagra pills
  9. Pingback: viagra 20 mg cost
  10. Pingback: cialis 200mg
  11. Pingback: 150 mg viagra
  12. Pingback: cialis 500
  13. Pingback: cialis tablet
  14. Pingback: viagra dosing
  15. Pingback: cialis liquid
  16. Pingback: levitra overdose
  17. Pingback: sildenafil 50mg
  18. Pingback: norvasc drug class
  19. Pingback: atorvastatin 40mg
  20. Pingback: metoprolol 100 mg
  21. Pingback: tadalafil peptide
  22. Pingback: duloxetine dosing
  23. Pingback: amitriptyline 25mg
  24. Pingback: cymbalta dosing
  25. Pingback: buspar withdrawal
  26. Pingback: celexa generic
  27. Pingback: zanaflex 6 mg
  28. Pingback: carvedilol 25mg
  29. Pingback: canadian viagra
  30. Pingback: vardenafil 20mg
  31. Pingback: acyclovir
  32. Pingback: zithromax 500
  33. Pingback: cefdinir
  34. Pingback: keflex dose
  35. Pingback: azithromycin dose
  36. Pingback: liquid viagra
  37. Pingback: tadalafil alcohol
  38. Pingback: stendra vs viagra
  39. Pingback: cialis effects
  40. Pingback: viagra cost canada
  41. Pingback: viagra not working
  42. Pingback: 200 mg sildenafil
  43. Pingback: what is amlodipine
  44. Pingback: tadalafil canada
  45. Pingback: levitra walgreens
  46. Pingback: cialis daily dose
  47. Pingback: keto diet how to
  48. Pingback: lasix tablet price
  49. Pingback: xenical
  50. Pingback: proscar 5 mg
  51. Pingback: icd 10 for clomid
  52. Pingback: fluconazole 500 mg
  53. Pingback: cialis generico
  54. Pingback: 36 hour cialis
  55. Pingback: cialis price usa
  56. Pingback: women viagra pills
  57. Pingback: stromectol 875mg
  58. Pingback: gay chat nebraska
  59. Pingback: viagra 100mg
  60. Pingback: stromectol 12g
  61. Pingback: female viagra
  62. Pingback: cheap cialis pills
  63. Pingback: cialis online
  64. Pingback: free viagra
  65. Pingback: canada viagra
  66. Pingback: canadian viagra
  67. Pingback: buy cialis cheap
  68. Pingback: viagra 12
  69. Pingback: sildenafil
  70. Pingback: cialis 2.5 mg
  71. Pingback: viagra for sale
  72. Pingback: viagra 100 pill
  73. Pingback: cialis oral
  74. Pingback: bactrim liquid
  75. Pingback: ivermectin 200mg
  76. Pingback: india viagra buy
  77. Pingback: tadalafil troches
  78. Pingback: tadalafil prix
  79. Pingback: sildenafila
  80. Pingback: sildenafil 50mg
  81. Pingback: ivermectin uses
  82. Pingback: viagra for men
  83. Pingback: snorting viagra
  84. Pingback: rx drug cost
  85. Pingback: sildenafilo
  86. Pingback: lasix 40 mg iv
  87. Pingback: plaquenil for ra
  88. Pingback: 200mg prednisone
  89. Pingback: viagra users group
  90. Pingback: avana pill
  91. Pingback: ventolin online uk
  92. Pingback: zithromax buy
  93. Pingback: furosemide price
  94. Pingback: neurontin capsules
  95. Pingback: ivermectin 0.08%
  96. Pingback: cvs viagra
  97. Pingback: viagra cialis
  98. Pingback: viagra cost
  99. Pingback: teva sildenafil
  100. Pingback: hims sildenafil
  101. Pingback: cialis online
  102. Pingback: cialis 20mg daily
  103. Pingback: walgreens viagra
  104. Pingback: buying cialis
  105. Pingback: cialis not working
  106. Pingback: viagra australia
  107. Pingback: molnupiravir covid
  108. Pingback: clomid women
  109. Pingback: is latisse safe
  110. Pingback: aralen for ra
  111. Pingback: aralen sale
  112. Pingback: uses for cialis
  113. Pingback: augmentin allergy
  114. Pingback: erythromycin bid
  115. Pingback: cephalexin dosage
  116. Pingback: augmentin uses
  117. Pingback: omnicef allergy
  118. Pingback: augmentin thrush
  119. Pingback: cephalexin formula
  120. Pingback: zithromax dose
  121. Pingback: uels ukrain
  122. Pingback: DPTPtNqS
  123. Pingback: qQ8KZZE6
  124. Pingback: D6tuzANh
  125. Pingback: SHKALA TONOV
  126. Pingback: chelovek-iz-90-h
  127. Pingback: 3Hk12Bl
  128. Pingback: 3NOZC44
  129. Pingback: 01211
  130. Pingback: tor-lyubov-i-grom
  131. Pingback: film-tor-2022
  132. Pingback: hd-tor-2022
  133. Pingback: hdorg2.ru
  134. Pingback: Psikholog
  135. Pingback: netstate.ru
  136. Pingback: 1millions
  137. Pingback: Link
  138. Pingback: psy
  139. Pingback: bit.ly
  140. Pingback: cleantalkorg2.ru
  141. Pingback: bucha killings
  142. Pingback: War in Ukraine
  143. Pingback: Ukraine
  144. Pingback: site
  145. Pingback: viagra
  146. Pingback: stats
  147. Pingback: revatio
  148. Pingback: Ukraine-war
  149. Pingback: movies
  150. Pingback: gidonline
  151. Pingback: web
  152. Pingback: film.8filmov.ru
  153. Pingback: video
  154. Pingback: film
  155. Pingback: filmgoda.ru
  156. Pingback: rodnoe-kino-ru
  157. Pingback: stat.netstate.ru
  158. Pingback: sY5am
Leave a comment