Lower Your Risk of Getting the Flu in Flu Season
Influenza, or the flu, is a viral infection that attacks the lungs, nose, and throat. It’s a contagious respiratory illness with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Because the flu and the common cold have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to distinguish between the two illnesses. In most cases, flu symptoms are more severe and last longer than the common cold.
Causes of the Flu
There are many different strains of the flu virus, and they mutate often. This is why people continue to come down with the flu year after year. The flu is a very contagious illness that spreads easily. Flu viruses travel through the air in droplets when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or talks. You can inhale the droplets directly, or you can pick up the germs from an object — such as a telephone or computer keyboard — and then transfer them to your eyes, nose or mouth.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s possible to infect someone as early as one day before symptoms begin, and up to five to seven days after you become sick. After coming in contact with the virus, you’ll begin to show symptoms within one to four days. You can even pass the virus to someone before you realize that you’re sick.
Influenza viruses are constantly changing, with new strains appearing regularly. If you've had influenza in the past, your body has already made antibodies to fight that particular strain of the virus. If future influenza viruses are similar to those you've encountered before, either by having the disease or by vaccination, those antibodies may prevent infection or lessen its severity.
Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
For most people, the flu lasts 1 or 2 weeks, but it can last for up to 1 month. The main complications are secondary bacterial infections of the sinuses or lungs (pneumonia). Symptoms include fever; chills; and yellow, green, or brown sputum (nasal discharge). Children are prone to ear infections like otitis media.
People in nursing homes are at a higher risk of complications from flu because they may have weak immune systems and often have other medical problems. People with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or congestive heart failure are also at a higher risk of developing bacterial infections like pneumonia. Additionally, people with diabetes and pregnant women are at an increased risk of complications from the flu.
Preventing the Flu
The best way to avoid getting the flu is to get the flu vaccine every year. You should get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available each fall, but you can also get it any time throughout the flu season (usually until March). The vaccine is available by shot or by nasal spray.Some people who get the vaccine will still get the flu, but they may get a milder case than people who are not vaccinated.
You can also reduce your risk of catching the flu by washing your hands frequently, which stops the spread of germs. Eating healthy, exercising, and getting enough sleep also play a part in preventing the flu because they help boost your immune system.
Moxibustion is also a good way to help help boost our immune system.
Moxibustion is a form of acupuncture that has been used by therapists and doctors for thousands of years. It improves the flow of Qi, which is the energy in the body, by the heating moxa that causes stimulation in the nerves and releasing endorphins to block pain.
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