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Different Types Of Influenza

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Influenza, also known as the “flu virus” is something that everyone has heard of, and many people have gotten at some point within their life. It is a very common virus that attacks the respiratory system. The flu affects thousands of people every year. There are many different strains of the flu, but the main three are A, B, and C. There are many symptoms that indicate infection, but they are usually not gastrointestinal. Children, pregnant women, and elderly people are most at risk of catching the flu. There are many ways to prevent from catching it and just as many ways to keep from spreading the flu. The flu virus is one of most common viral infections that people catch.
There are many different strains of the flu, but the main three
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There are a number of different tests available to test for the flu, but doctors most commonly use the “rapid influenza diagnostics test” because it can give results in 30 minutes or less. It consists of the doctor swiping the inside or your nose or the back of your throat. It will pick up on what type of flu virus is circulating. If the test comes back positive, the doctor will prescribe antiviral medications as deemed necessary, and based upon your medical history.
The problem with a virus is that it is always evolving. So that means, it is possible for a person to catch the flu year after year, because the body does not recognize the newer form of the virus. It evades the immune system so that a person can get it all throughout life. The antibodies that are built up against the old form of the virus offer some protection, but not a
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This is when the virus evolves very rapidly. When this happens a large number of people, or even an entire population can be without antibody protection. This could result in a pandemic. During the last century there have been three pandemics from the flu virus. From 1918-19 "Spanish flu" A -- Caused the highest known influenza-related mortality: approximately 500,000 deaths occurred in the U.S., 20 million worldwide. From 1957-58 "Asian flu" A -- 70,000 deaths in the United States. From 1968-69 "Hong-Kong flu" A -- 34,000 deaths in the United States( Web
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