All You Need to Know About the Flu
Influenza, commonly known as the Flu, is one of the most common diseases that infects almost every person on an annual basis. Though often easy to cure, patients may undergo painful and debilitating symptoms from 4 to 14 days. It becomes serious when the influenza virus mutates and becomes a sickness which most people are not immune too.
Did you know that in Australia alone, each year the flu:
Causes 3,500 deaths
Puts 18,000 people in the hospital
Sends 300,000 people to General Practitioners for consultations
Considering that so many people are affected by the flu on an annual basis itâs extremely important that you arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible to keep yourself and your family healthy.
Natural News â" The Flu, News, Articles and Information: A list of resources to help you understand and cure the flu for different seasons.Â Â
The Naked Scientists â" An Introduction to Influenza: Detailed information on the structure of the virus and how it works, symptoms, understanding the difference between the flu and other diseases, different types of flues and treatments.
Right Diagnosis â" Flu: Lots of information on the symptoms, causes, treatments, alternative treatments, misdiagnosis, deaths, complications and more.
Government of Western Australia â" About Flu (Influenza): A resource which provides information on how the flu is spread, symptoms, people who are at increased risk of getting the flu and what to do if youâre travelling.
NPS Medicinewise â" Influenza (Flu): The causes, symptoms, diagnosis, medicines and treatments, and prevention of the flu.
Symptoms of the Flu
By knowing the difference between a cold and the flu, you may be able to treat your symptoms a little better and help recover more quickly. Most experts agree that the symptoms of a cold and flu are very similar and the key difference is the timeline of the symptoms. The flu will strike much faster while a cold will take a couple days or even more for all the symptoms to fully appear. The typical symptoms of the flu are:
Symptoms appear after 1 â" 3 days of incubation (i.e. after the person is exposed to the flu)
Symptoms last from 4 days to 2 weeks and sometimes even three weeks
Usually starts with throat irritation, stuffy nose and a high fever (up to 104 F)
Headaches, muscles aches, and coughing often follow the cold like symptoms
Children may also go through abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting
Flu Smart: An entire website dedicated to learning about the flu including facts about the flu, whoâs at risk, information on vaccination and much more.
Better Health Channel â" Influenza: An article with details on symptoms of the flu, flu versus the common cold, complications of the flu, people at risk from complications, exposure to the risk of influenza, immunization for the flu and things to remember.
Whatâs the Difference Between Colds and Flu: A list of the symptoms of a cold and the flu with more information on how to treat both of them.
Colds and Flu (video): Understanding the difference between a cold and flu. A video from an expert on the conditions, treatments and remedies available.
Cold or Flu? How to Tell the Difference: CBS News provides a video and article on how to know the difference between the cold and flu and treat them appropriately.
There are many myths revolving around the flu shot, many of which are the main reason why people donât get the vaccination. Contrary to popular belief, the vaccine does not protect you against all strains of the flu but against the most common ones expected for the year. Many people donât get the vaccination because they believe that the vaccine will give them the flu. Also not true. The side effects of the vaccine may make people believe that they have the flu, but theyâre exactly that: side effects. Also, because the vaccine can take up to 2 weeks to build immunization, itâs possible to get the flu right after getting the shot.
Australian Government - Composition of Australian Influenza Vaccine for the 2013 Season: A breakup of the composition of the vaccine for 2013 with a history on what previous vaccinations included.
Flu Vaccine - The Best You Can Do Is Not the Best We Can Do: The Huffington Post provides an article on Flu vaccines including links to research from well known institutes and more. Â
Flu Vaccine â" Influenza Immunization or Flu Shot: A list of resources for information on the flu vaccine, including why one should vaccinate, how the vaccination works, how effective is the shot and much more.Â
Health Institute â" Influenza Vaccine: A list of links targeting those people who are considering getting a flu vaccine.Â
Baby Center â" The Flu Vaccine for Children: Information from one of the top health information providers online for kids on the flu vaccination for babies.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
There are two schools of thoughts when it comes to treating the flu: home remedies or medicines. If youâre one of those people who prefer home remedies, go through the links below to get some great tips on what to use and their particular benefits.
14 Home Remedies for the Flu: A list of basic information on the flu plus home remedies to help you feel better including basic medication, drinking liquids, humidifying and more.
Cold and Flu Home Remedies:Â Green tea, ginger, lemons and garlic are just a few of the items that can be found in your home which are guaranteed to make you feel better. This website provides a list plus how you will benefit from each item.
Cold and Flu Season â" A Guide to Home Remedies and the Placebo Effect:Â A list of things you can do at home to feel better and how you can trick your body into thinking youâre taking traditional medicines. Â
More Resources from the Experts
To further arm yourself with knowledge about the flu, go through the links below, all provided by well known experts in the field:
WebMD - Cold, Flu & Cough Health Center: From one of the top medical experts online, WebMD provides information on Symptoms and Types of Flu, with other resources to sinuses, eye allergies and even 15 immune-boosting foods.
CDC â" Seasonal Influenza (Flu): Interactive resources on the flu along with information on Flu Basics, Prevention, Treatment and much more.
Kids Health â" The Flu: An excellent resource for kids with information on the flu including images, vaccination details and resources to more related topics.
Mayo Clinic â" Influenza (Flu): Mayo Clinic provides detailed information on the symptoms, causes, risk factors, complications, treatment and drugs, lifestyle and home remedies.