FLU - ALSO KNOWN AS
IS CAUSED BY INFLUENZA VIRUSES
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The flu shares some of the same symptoms as the common cold, but with some important differences. The flu often comes on fast, with aches, pains, and a fever. And, unlike a cold, a flu can leave you feeling low for weeks.
Influenza, or flu, is a highly contagious illness caused by influenza viruses. These viruses can enter your body in a few different ways. You might inhale the virus after someone with the flu sneezes or coughs. In addition, the virus can land on surfaces where it can survive for several hours and if you touch it and then touch your face or eyes it can enter your body that way.
People infected with influenza are most contagious in the first 3 to 4 days after their symptoms begin. In addition, most people may be able to infect others starting 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
One of the best ways to avoid catching the flu is to avoid close contact with people who are currently infectious. Unfortunately, this is not always possible to know or do, especially if you’re a caring for a loved one. If someone is sick with the flu, keep your distance and make sure you wash your hands often. Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes as the virus can easily enter your body this way.
Because the virus can survive on all kinds of hard surfaces, try to regularly clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, remote controls, banister or computer keyboards. If you need to sneeze or cough, use a disposable tissue and throw it in the bin straight away.
Another way to help protect against the flu is to get an annual flu vaccination (the flu jab).
Signs you are coming down with the flu can include:
Symptoms of the flu typically decrease after about eight days, although your cough and fatigue may last for another one to two weeks.
The best thing you can do if you have the flu is get as much rest as you can, remain hydrated, and try to relieve the symptoms.
If any of your symptoms are worrying you go and see your doctor or pharmacist. They will be able to recommend treatment options that can help you feel better.
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