The basic way to protect yourself against catching flu and developing serious complications is to vaccinate. Vaccines available on the market protect against the most serious flu viruses. Their construction ensures no risk of falling ill due to the vaccination. They are safe and even recommended for small children (above the age of 6 months), pregnant women, older people and people with lower immunity.
The threat of influenza results mainly from its complications, to which are vulnerable in particular: elders and children below 2, patients with diabetes, asthma, COPD, patients with immunodeficiency, cardiovascular diseases or renal failure. Those are so called “high risk group” individuals.
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Flu viruses attack the cells of the mucous membrane of the airways, for example the throat or nose. The source of virus spread is an infected person.
In the case of adults, the process of getting rid of the virus, that is the period when the person infects other people, usually starts one day before the symptoms appear (the person does not know s/he is ill!) and lasts about 5 days. In children this period may last for up to 10 days.
Flu usually has a very sudden onset and is characterized by:
Other symptoms characteristic for a common cold are present too: sore throat, runny nose or blocked nose.
Children additionally may suffer from stomach ache, nausea, vomiting.
In there are no complications, these symptoms usually last for about 7-10 days. Cough and the feeling of fatigue may last the longest, even up to 3 weeks.
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