Influenza (Flu)

About- Influenza or flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a viral infection.
 
Symptoms-
  • Chills
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Sweats
 
Causes-
It occurs due to direct or indirect contact with the infected person
Risk factors
  • Children (younger than 12 months) and adults (above 65 years old)
  • Chronic illnesses like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, neurological disorder, kidney, liver or blood disease
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Use of long-term aspirin therapy 
  • Weak immune system
 
Complications
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Heart problems
  • Middle Ear infections
  • Pneumonia
 
Specialists to visit
Pediatrician
General Physician

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References
https://en.wikipedia.org
https://www.mayoclinic.org
https://www.webmd.com
https://www.cdc.gov
https://www.who.int
https://www.medicinenet.com
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com

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