Commonly known as flu, influenza is marked by some or even all of these symptoms:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone experiences fever)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in kids than adults)
"Some people infected with flu feel achy and tired, or they might have a sore throat, cough, or fever. They might even have a runny or stuffy nose. Many flu symptoms are similar to cold symptoms, which is why people sometimes mix them up and think it's no big deal, just a cold," said Trish Parnell, director of PKIDs.
Flu viruses are transmitted in various ways—even with a kiss. Or, an infected person can cough, sneeze, or talk and spray tiny infected droplets into the air. Those droplets are then breathed in through the nose or the mouth of anyone nearby.
An infected person can transmit the flu virus even before he or she starts to feel ill.
The CDC states that every year in the US, on average:
- 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu;
- more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and;
- about 36,000 people die from flu.
The fact that flu can take perfectly healthy individuals and kill them in a matter of days is the most confounding aspect of infection.
PKIDs' "No Time For Flu" campaign reaches out through social media platforms and a website, www.pkids.org/flu, to educate the public on flu and how to prevent infection.
Through the use of videos, posters, and fresh informative materials, the public's questions about flu are answered with clarity, and the need to use immunization and clean hands as strong tools to prevent infection is made clear.
"It's so easy to catch the flu, and so easy to prevent it. Plan ahead, roll up your sleeve, and protect yourself and your loved ones," said Ari Brown, MD, pediatrician and author of Baby 411 book series.
For the 2016-2017 flu season, CDC recommends that only the injectable flu vaccines be used, and not the nasal spray flu vaccine. Ongoing studies are determining the effectiveness of the nasal spray vaccine.
PKIDs (Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases) is a national nonprofit organization supporting families touched by infectious diseases and educating the public about effective disease prevention through the use of immunizations, standard precautions, hand washing and other strategies.
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