flu

A viral infection that targets the respiratory system is called influenza. The nose, throat, and lungs are usually affected by this condition. This is more commonly referred to as flu but definitely not related to stomach flu which gives patient diarrhea and vomiting.

Although most influenza is often overlooked and just let it go without doing anything, there are instances when the disease leads to complications that can be deadly. Those who are at risk to have flu with serious complications are those who are:

* Children under 5 years old

* Adults ages 65 and above

* Nursing home residents or those who work their long term

* Pregnant

* People with other underlying conditions like asthma, heart/kidney/liver disease

* Obesity

Symptoms

Fever 100.4 F above

Headache

Chills and sweats

Dry, persistent cough

Nasal congestion

Dry, persistent cough

Aching muscles

When sick, it is best to stay well rested and hydrated. Eating or consuming food/beverage rich in vitamin C can also be beneficial.

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