What the Flu Can Do to Your Body

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If you fail to get the flu vaccine each year, there is a good chance that you will get the flu. If you are like most people, you have had the flu at least once in your life and you know how it makes you feel. What you may not know is what the flu actually does to your body to make you feel awful when you have it.

The First Few Hours

It is very easy to be exposed to the flu virus. Each time a sick person coughs, they expel 2,000 droplets filled with the virus. If you inhale these droplets, it will travel through your body into the cells in your airway. If you touch something that a sick person just touched and then you touch your nose or your eyes, the same thing can happen. A cold virus will attack your nose and your throat. The flu virus is more serious and it will travel into your lungs. As it attacks the airway tissue and the lungs, the virus makes a home for itself in your body. As soon as the virus enters your body, your immune system immediately starts fighting. For the next day or two, you will have no idea that you are sick. Inside, the virus is multiplying at a rapid rate and you become contagious. Since you aren’t even aware that you have the flu, you can go around for days infecting people without even knowing it.

Day Four

By the fourth day, your immune system won’t be able to keep up with the flu and the symptoms will start to kick in. You could feel great when you wake up, but by lunchtime, you will start with the fever, chills, achy muscles, and the headache. Since your immune system is fighting so hard, you will lose all of your energy. As your lungs try to keep the dead cell debris from clogging your lungs, you will develop a dry, hacking cough. This is the beginning of the battle and it will only get worse.

Days 5 and 6

By now, the virus has taken over your whole body and your antibodies and T-Cells are working overtime to fight the virus. There is nothing that you can do but stay in bed. Most people who have the flu don’t have the energy to do anything. If the bacteria moves into your lungs and starts feeding on what is left of the dead cells, you are at great risk of developing pneumonia, which is the worst case scenario.

Days 7 Through 10

If you were lucky enough to avoid pneumonia, by day 7 your immune system should have caught up with the virus and it is finally taking it out. When the inflammation subsides, your symptoms will start to as well. Just because you are feeling better, it doesn’t mean that you are better, therefore, you are still contagious for another day or two. It is best to stay away from anyone who hasn’t had the flu vaccine for a couple more days. Even though your body is killing the virus, you won’t magically feel better. It can take another week to start feeling like your normal, healthy self again.

The flu virus is a very smart and powerful virus. It immediate attacks the cells in your airway which is the best route to your lungs. Since this is such an aggressive and debilitating virus, your best defense is to get a flu vaccine. If you come into contact with the flu virus, you will already have the antibodies necessary to fight it.

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Effects of HIV on the Body

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Most of us have heard of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) before and know that it attacks the immune system, but maybe that’s the extent of our knowledge. If you’re curious to understand the basics of HIV and how HIV effects the body, we encourage you to read on.

The Basics about HIV

Many people are left in the dark that they even have HIV as it first comes off like flu-like symptoms. It typically takes 10 to 15 years to break down the immune system to a point where it is damaged beyond repair.

HIV then moves onto the final HIV-stage, which is AIDS, (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). HIV is found in a person’s blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and even in breast milk as it’s easy to be passed on; however, HIV can’t be caught through a person’s sweat or saliva.

How HIV Effects the Body

When HIV enters your system it immediately attacks your immune system weakening your natural defenses. Besides having a weakened immune system you will start to suffer from aches and pains, a constant cough, and other flu-like systems over time.

You can also develop inflammation that affects both your spinal cord and your brain. It can start affecting you to the point where you may develop anxiety and depression.

You will also face problems like that of the following:

  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Heart Problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Dementia
  • Kidney Damage
  • Balance Problems
  • Seizures
  • Neurological Problems such as Dementia
  • Skin Issues such as Itchy Skin, Shingles, Bumps

Prevention Tips

Using condoms during sex is one of the best precaution to prevent HIV. Furthermore, if you happen to inject drugs of any kind always use a clean needle. If you’re pregnant with HIV, you have the chance to pass it onto your baby, or even can affect the baby through breastfeeding.

Treatment

Being tested for HIV is quite easy and there is an effective antiretroviral treatment available to those with HIV to continue a healthy lifestyle.

Even if you’re pregnant with HIV by taking the HIV treatment will virtually eliminate the risk of passing on the HIV to your baby. You can find out more about this by visiting your local physician.

Final Thoughts

There are a variety of problems that come with having HIV. Most people are even unaware that they have HIV, however, it can have severe effects upon the body over time, which ultimately leads to AIDS.

If you have doubts if you might have HIV, its best to get yourself tested as there is an effective means of treatment so you can go on living your life.

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How to Treat the Flu While Pregnant

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Pregnancy on its own is exhausting since your body is already using all it has to nourish, grow and protect your baby. Coming down with the flu on top of that can make you feel lifeless.

With that said, you cannot just go and take any kind of medication you want either. Some medications can harm your unborn child. Thankfully, there are remedies and treatments available that work effectively for healing the body from the flu during pregnancy.

  • Ginger Root

Ginger root is an outstanding remedy to use for treating the flu during pregnancy. It contains antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, pain relieving and anti-inflammatory medicinal properties. The potent oil in ginger root is effective for easing nausea, vomiting and congestion too. Using the root to make an herbal tea is a great way to help treat the flu naturally.

  • Warm Baths

Taking warm baths in sea salts with a few drops of your favorite essential oil can help ease flu symptoms safely during pregnancy. The salts and warm water of the bath will help relieve aches and pains along with body chills, and the essential oil will ease any stress you have so you can feel calm and relaxed. Some essential oils such as lavender, geranium, peppermint and citrus have the ability to boost the immune system by simply breathing in the aromas coming from them. This is because the smell of particular essential oils has the ability to calm the mind and body so stress doesn’t end up making the flu virus worse for you and your baby.

  • Veggie and Bone Broths

Veggies and bone broths contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are essential for nourishing your body and your baby. These nutrients provide support to the immune system so it can fight off the flu and allow you to feel better sooner. Drinking organic or homemade veggie and bone broths are best though because they contain the most nourishing nutrients necessary for fighting off the flu naturally and effectively.

  • Saline Solutions

If for some reason the flu you have is causing nasal congestion, using a saline nasal solution spray is an effective way to relieve the nasal passageways so you can breathe easier. You can also pour some boiling water into a large heat safe bowl with a teaspoon of sea salt and a few drops of eucalyptus oil, and breathe in the steam coming from that to relieve the congestion too. Doing this can help stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself so you can begin to feel better sooner as well.

  • Lemon Juice and Manuka Honey

One of the best remedies to help treat the flu during pregnancy is a blend of lemon juice with Manuka honey that provides the body with vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for supporting the immune system so it can fight off illness such as the flu. The Manuka honey also contains medicinal properties to such as anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant and energy boosting ones due to all the complex B vitamins it contains. To make the remedy take about a ¼ cup of organic lemon juice, a cup of boiling water and a tablespoon of pure Manuka honey and combine them together. After, sip it down to help make you feel better.

What are some end thoughts to keep in mind?

Before using any of these remedies to treat the flu during pregnancy it is wise to speak with your doctor first to make sure they are safe and right for you. After all, every women’s body and baby reacts differently to treatments during pregnancy.

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Who Should and Shouldn’t get a Flu Shot

EMS-Blog-BANNER-who-shouldSome people believe that the flu and cold are the same kind of illness, but the truth is they are different. This is because the flu is more severe than a cold and symptoms tend to come on faster and it last several days to even weeks before clearing up. With a cold, sometimes you may believe it is allergies flaring up at first because it occurs slowly with symptoms of coughing and sneezing, but only last a couple of days.

Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to help rid an illness such as the cold or flu away fast, but you can get the flu shot to help at least prevent yourself from catching the flu. However, not everyone needs or is meant to get the flu vaccination. The only way you can find out if the flu shot is right for you is by speaking with your physician.

Who shouldn’t get the flu vaccination?

The appropriate age to get the flu shot is anyone over 6 months of age, but newborns and anyone with life-threating allergic reactions to the ingredients in the flu vaccine is not recommended to do so. Some of the ingredients in a flu shot that could cause a potential allergic reaction are gelatin, antibiotics and eggs. If you are allergic to any of these ingredients tell your doctor right away before receiving the vaccine.

Other reasons the flu vaccination isn’t wise to receive is if you have Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which is a paralyzing illness, or feel sick already. If you are sick already with the flu, your immune system is going become immune to the flu virus strains of that particular flu season. If you are pregnant, have an autoimmune disease, asthma, fever or been using aspirin long term it is wise to speak to a doctor before receiving the flu vaccine to make sure it is safe and right for you.

Who should get the flu vaccination? 

Those who should get the flu vaccination are:

  • Medical care givers
  • Women pregnant during flu season if a doctor says it is okay
  • Residents of nursing homes or group homes
  • People who suffer from pulmonary conditions if a doctor recommends the vaccine
  • Patients taking immune suppressing medications or a condition that suppresses the proper function of the immune system
  • Teachers and students
  • Cancer patients
  • Heart disease sufferers
  • Diabetics

Flu vaccinations can help prevent or lessen the severity of the flu virus. In some cases, the flu vaccination is a life saver. This is because some flu viruses in severe cases can cause death in some people. Getting the flu shot can help avoid that possibility all together. Therefore, if your doctor says it is okay to get the shot it is best to do so every year before flu season starts. Not only is the vaccine helpful to you, but you are helping others by not contributing to the spread of it.

Where can you receive a flu shot?

If you are recommended to receive a flu shot you can get one at your doctor’s office, local clinic, and any pharmaceutical store that offers the vaccines. Some flu vaccines cost a small fee, but if you have health insurance you might be able to get it for free.

What are end thoughts to keep in mind? 

The best way to stay healthy this year if you can is by receiving the flu shot. If you cannot you can prevent the spread of the flu virus by washing hands regularly, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough and using antibacterial hand sanitizer.

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Why Are Adults 65 and Over at Greater Risk for the Flu?

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The Correlation Between Aging And Influenza
That song “The Circle of Life” as popularized by 1995’s The Lion King can definitely serve as a metaphor for sickness in the young and the old. In the extremely young, immune systems have yet to fully develop. Because they aren’t fully developed, infants are going to catch diseases more quickly than older children. Thankfully, many such children are able to overcome them. Meanwhile, on the other end of the circle is old age, wherein the immune system becomes weakened through years of questionable living or plain old entropy. Often a combination of the two are at play, but regardless of the culprit, advanced age increases susceptibility to sickness. Even worse, that sickness can hang around for a very long time, and eventually transition into pneumonia. As pneumonia sinks into the lungs, it can definitely become untreatable, and lead to fatality.

Influenza Statistics
Something like 50,000 people die every year from complications that result from the influenza virus or pneumonia. It’s not the flu itself that deals the deathblow. Rather, it’s what happens as other sicknesses begin to take up residence in the body due to an already compromised defense mechanism.

The only way to really combat this is through lifestyle choice. In the young, there isn’t much that can be done outside protection. Until your child is a certain age, and has had time to develop immunities, you’re going to want to keep them relatively sheltered. Advancing age means you’re going to have to get the older person to eat right, exercise regularly, and avoid harmful foodstuffs as well as harmful situations.

Harmful Situations
A group of known individuals that aren’t strangers will be more healthy than a group of strangers. Even if one of the circle is sick, in a known group everyone has had time to become accustomed to varying biological systems, meaning there are natural defenses available that can help bring protection. But a public situation where many diverse people from many diverse circles are mingling can be very dangerous to those north of sixty-five. Generally, avoiding places where people are packed together in dense arrays will help maintain health.

Regular Physical Activity
For anyone at any time in life, physical activity is key to maintaining health. With those who are sixty-five and older, certain realms of activity may be strictly off-limits. Still, it’s not too late to begin good exercise habits which can end up strengthening the immune system and bringing youth to the body. Working out regularly at physical activities you enjoy, and eating requisite to your caloric loss, can definitely strengthen your immune system.

Keep Athwart of Harmful Food
Artificial sweeteners are bad for you, period. While their links to Alzheimer’s may be spurious, it’s definitely known that sugar substitutes are related to a variety of health conditions that aren’t amenable to proper immune system functionality. Chief among these conditions, paradoxically enough, is excessive weight gain. Many sugar substitutes are sweeter than sugar is, and so become an addiction in their own right worse than the one trying to be curtailed. This weight gain limits healthy physical activity, decreasing immune system health.

Influenza Vaccinations
These can help your immune system fight off a virus, but you must be sure you’re in good health when you receive them.

Being Mindful
Generally, remaining healthy in old age requires having a mindful approach to all these things, including:

  • Avoiding Germ-Rich Situations
  • Maintaining Regular Physical Exercise
  • Avoiding Unhealthy Foods
  • Healthy Vaccinations

Follow these steps and your immune system will be better enabled to thwart sicknesses like influenza and the common cold.

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Are There any Environmental Factors Related to the Flu?

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Whenever we get sick, we tend to blame the weather or the lifestyle we have. In the case of the flu, many people would usually associate it with season. However, the flu in general has various factors. Although the number of flu cases rises during the winter, it is not indicative that the flu is seasonal.

According to Scripps Institution of Oceanography, “influenza outbreaks equally affect those living in warm, tropical regions where there is no direct link to seasonal temperature changes.” This means that even people who live in tropical countries where there is no winter are also vulnerable to the flu.

Research

In the research conducted by University of California San Diego, findings show that humidity is the common environmental driver that links the flu to outbreaks around the world. The study is based on 20-year data of global influenza taken from the Global Atlas of the World Health Organization. This data reveals the relationship between the temperature across all latitudes and the occurrences of flu outbreaks.

In the study, it is found that the critical temperature for the flu outbreak is about 70 to 75 degrees. The above temperature doesn’t directly trigger a flu outbreak, but this is the threshold to watch out for because the humidity below, and above such a level is what triggers viral development.

Who is Susceptible to Flu?

People in population-dense areas are susceptible to the flu. According to American Society for Microbiology, “crowding has therefore been implicated as a risk factor for a wide range of viral and bacterial diseases, including influenza.” The reason for this is that the aerosol particles of the virus can easily spread and transmitted from one person to another.

When it comes to age, nobody is exempt. Both children and adults are vulnerable to the flu depending upon the environment. Children in tropical countries are more affected than children in countries with four seasons. This is because the humidity level in tropical countries is higher.

Pregnant women are more likely to suffer from the flu, especially in their second and third trimester. Obese people with a body mass index of around 40 are also vulnerable.

Relationship Between Humidity and the Flu Outbreak

The findings in the study sponsored by Scripps suggest that heat promotes the spread of the flu virus. This points towards the fact that air droplets from the flu virus can hardly spread since the low-temperature make such droplets thicker and heavier while it can freely move from one host to another during warm weather.

Moreover, the flu virus is contained at a very low temperature while it grows faster at around 70 to 75 degrees. In other words, humidity is the perfect condition that develops the flu virus.

Treatment

There are different medicines doctors may prescribe depending upon the type and severity of the flu. It is best to consult your doctor if related symptoms persists. Meanwhile, it is recommended to place dehumidifiers or air conditioners in your room to reduce the risk of the flu. This will temporarily contain the spread of virus.

Alongside, you should eat food that is rich in antioxidants to enhance your immune system and protect your body from diseases such as the flu.

Conclusion

Environment is a big factor in the spread of the flu virus. It is best to prevent the flu than to cure it. To do so, always make sure that your environment is well ventilated. A clean environment also helps prevent such disease. Otherwise, keep yourself hydrated all the time. This will protect your body from the flu.

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Are There Any Environmental Factors That are Related to the Flu?

Whenever we get sick, we tend to blame the weather or the lifestyle we have. In the case of the flu, many people would usually associate it with season. However, the flu in general has various factors. Although the number of flu cases rises during the winter, it is not indicative that the flu is seasonal.

According to Scripps Institution of Oceanography, “influenza outbreaks equally affect those living in warm, tropical regions where there is no direct link to seasonal temperature changes.” This means that even people who live in tropical countries where there is no winter are also vulnerable to the flu.

Research

In the research conducted by University of California San Diego, findings show that humidity is the common environmental driver that links the flu to outbreaks around the world. The study is based on 20-year data of global influenza taken from the Global Atlas of the World Health Organization. This data reveals the relationship between the temperature across all latitudes and the occurrences of flu outbreaks.

In the study, it is found that the critical temperature for the flu outbreak is about 70 to 75 degrees. The above temperature doesn’t directly trigger a flu outbreak, but this is the threshold to watch out for because the humidity below, and above such a level is what triggers viral development.

Who is Susceptible to Flu?

People in population-dense areas are susceptible to the flu. According to American Society for Microbiology, “crowding has therefore been implicated as a risk factor for a wide range of viral and bacterial diseases, including influenza.” The reason for this is that the aerosol particles of the virus can easily spread and transmitted from one person to another.

When it comes to age, nobody is exempt. Both children and adults are vulnerable to the flu depending upon the environment. Children in tropical countries are more affected than children in countries with four seasons. This is because the humidity level in tropical countries is higher.

Pregnant women are more likely to suffer from the flu, especially in their second and third trimester. Obese people with a body mass index of around 40 are also vulnerable.

Relationship Between Humidity and the Flu Outbreak

The findings in the study sponsored by Scripps suggest that heat promotes the spread of the flu virus. This points towards the fact that air droplets from the flu virus can hardly spread since the low-temperature make such droplets thicker and heavier while it can freely move from one host to another during warm weather.

Moreover, the flu virus is contained at a very low temperature while it grows faster at around 70 to 75 degrees. In other words, humidity is the perfect condition that develops the flu virus.

Treatment

There are different medicines doctors may prescribe depending upon the type and severity of the flu. It is best to consult your doctor if related symptoms persists. Meanwhile, it is recommended to place dehumidifiers or air conditioners in your room to reduce the risk of the flu. This will temporarily contain the spread of virus.

Alongside, you should eat food that is rich in antioxidants to enhance your immune system and protect your body from diseases such as the flu.

Conclusion

Environment is a big factor in the spread of the flu virus. It is best to prevent the flu than to cure it. To do so, always make sure that your environment is well ventilated. A clean environment also helps prevent such disease. Otherwise, keep yourself hydrated all the time. This will protect your body from the flu.

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How to Reduce The Spread of Germs

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Germs Everywhere

There are going to be more germs around public areas; that’s just a fact. More people living more diverse lifestyles means more germs. The more germs there are, the more sickness there is. There’s a reason airports and bus-stations seem to be over-run with people coughing, hacking, and sneezing: sickness abounds in public places.

If you understand what you’re getting into, you can avoid sickness with relative ease; but it does mean being conscientious. Following are some public hygiene tips and tricks to help you remain relatively germ free as perpetually as possible.

Wear Gloves In Public

Thankfully for glove enthusiasts everywhere, in wintertime, it is usually cold enough that wearing such things is more comfortable than refraining. It’s not a bad idea to have a nice pair of gloves for regular daily interactions with people. This can be easier than constantly thinking “don’t touch your face, don’t touch your face, don’t touch your face,” after shaking hands with a stranger. Also, you may forget to wash your hands, and catch a nasty germ that way.

In China, between pollution and publicly transmitted diseases, there’s ample reason to wear masks like doctors and dentists do in the operating theatre. The reason they wear those masks is to protect themselves from germs that may come from the patient, and to protect the patient from germs that may come from them. If you live in a dense urban center and must regularly get among people who you see aren’t in the best of health, wearing such a mask may not be a bad idea.

Generally, though, being conscientious about washing your hands, avoiding others when you cough and ensuring that you remain out of the path of those with a sore throat is a great way to reduce the spread of contagions.

Shower Regularly

You’re going to get things on your body that you didn’t realize were there. Showering on a daily basis can definitely help your body remain clean of germs.

Increase The Strength of Your Own Immune System

Eating healthy and exercising regularly increase the health of your own immune system, which in turn helps you to ward off germs. As you ward off germs, you remain healthy, and they die; meaning you can literally be the last stop on the influenza train. The flu gets to you, and can get no further. By being healthy, you can actually help others keep from getting sick, simply because you aren’t as liable to transmit a dead disease. That said, some people are definitely carriers; that’s where the term “typhoid Mary” comes from. They aren’t susceptible to sickness, though it can live in and on them for some reason. So be sure you’re remaining clean and sensitive to the varying health conditions of others.

Avoid High-Risk Areas

Surrogate parks for shopping centers. Watch Netflix instead of going to the movies–at least during flu season. Any areas where people are packed in like sardines are necessarily going to be breeding grounds for germs of various kinds. You’re in a difficult spot if you work in a public office. In such scenarios, it makes sense to keep hand-sanitizer on your desk. Not antibacterial solutions, just the stuff with the gelled alcohol. The antibacterial sanitizer is making people susceptible to super-bugs, and also uses some pretty toxic chemicals.

Staying Germ-Free

Germ evasion protocols include:

  • Being Conscientious About Public Hygiene
  • Showering Regularly
  • Eating Healthy/Exercising To Increase Immune System Health
  • Avoiding High-Risk Areas

Ensure that you be mindful of your public interactions. If you protect yourself, you’ll help to protect others against sickness.

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What are the Different Types of Flu?

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The flu is caused by 3 types of RNA viruses: influenza types A, C, and B. This disease is often called the flu and is generally caused by two viruses: A and B. They are transmitted by close contact with infected animals or via aerosols from infected individuals. Subtypes of influenza B and A viruses can be further divided into strains. There is a wide range of influenza A subtypes as well as influenza B virus strains. New strains of influenza virus can appear and replace the older versions. Such new viruses have antigenic variations referred to as antigenic shift and drift.

Influenza A

Viruses under influenza A are known to infect pigs, people, horses, seals, whales, birds, and many other animals. Wild birds usually represent the natural hosts for influenza A viruses. The virions of this virus comprise of 3 membrane proteins: NA, M2, and HA. Moreover, they also contain a ribonucleoprotein core – with eight viral RNA segments and 3 proteins (PB2, PA, and PB1); a matrix protein that is underneath the lipid bilayer; and the NEP protein. Influenza A viruses can be split into subtypes based on 2 membrane proteins on the virus’ surface: NA and HA. There are 11 different NA subtypes (NA1 to NA11) and 18 different HA subtypes (HA1 to HA18).

Although many different combinations of NA and HA proteins are possible, only a few influenza A subtypes are in circulation among people – H1N1 and H1N2. More subtype combinations can be found in different animal species. For instance, H3N8 shows illness in seals and dogs and H7N7 elicits the disease in horses. Subtypes of this virus are named by combining their NA and HA surface proteins. H3N8 has NA8 and HA3 surface proteins while H5N1 has NA 1 and HA 5 proteins.

Influenza B

These viruses are responsible a similar spectrum of disease as influenza A. Influenza B viruses, however, do not result in pandemics. This is because the virus has a limited host range – humans and seals; this limits the emergence of new strains through re-assortment. Moreover, influenza B viruses are not divided into subtypes; they are broken down into strains and lineages. The influenza B viruses that are currently in circulation include B/Yamagata and B/Victoria. The virions of influenza B contain four proteins: NB, BM2, NA, and HA. The BM2 protein is necessary for the process of uncoating. The NB protein, on the other hand, is an ion channel. Therefore, it is not required for cell culture viral replication.

Influenza B is responsible for significant illnesses. In 2008, approximately 1/3 of lab-confirmed cases of the flu were caused by influenza B. for this reason, the seasonal flu shot contains a component of influenza B.

Influenza C

The enveloped virions of influenza C virus have hexagonal structures. Additionally, they create stretched cordlike structures when they sprout from the cell. What is this virus comprised of? It has four proteins and viral RNA. M1 protein is just beneath the membrane and CM2, which is an ion channel. Influenza C does not have separate NA and HA proteins but their function is merged in a protein called HEF. This means that its virion has 7 RNA segments instead of 8.

Influenza C infections usually result in a mild respiratory illness, which can be compared to other respiratory viruses. This virus does not result in epidemics. According to certain studies, almost all adults have been infected with this virus. Vaccines against this influenza type are not available and lower respiratory tract complications are uncommon.

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Preparing your Child for School This Fall

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Each year the thought of a new school year makes children grumble but parents everywhere tend to rejoice at a new routine. Whether your child is going into kindergarten for the first time ever or your child is embarking on a new adventure to high school, there is preparation that includes buying new school supplies, getting a new schedule and going clothes shopping. However, there are other things to consider with your child going back into a highly populated school where germs and illness often run rampant after just a couple of weeks. There are ways that you can prepare your child for school to help them stay healthy and safe all school year long. This will allow them to focus on what is most important about school and that is learning and growing as a student and person.

The Flu Shot

Depending on where you live in the United States, you may get the flu in your area at different points than other places in the country. Regardless, the cold and dry weather is usually what allows this virus to run rampant in your area and schools tend to be one of the more popular places for children to get sick. You have a lot of children in one classroom and even more children stopping in and out of bathrooms and cafeterias. No matter how well your child washes their hands or pays attention to what is going on around them, there are flu germs everywhere. So much so that when the flu really takes over a school, administrators have many times decided to shut schools down to let staff clean thoroughly and let children get healthy again. One way you can prepare for the school year is to obtain a flu shot for your child. You can have this done at your pediatrician’s office or somewhere else like your local pharmacy. This vaccine is designed to give your child the immunity they need in case they come into contact with someone or something that is currently infected with the dangerous influenza virus.

Recommended Vaccinations

Depending on what state that you live in, there is a set schedule of recommended vaccines children should receive before they enter the school system. Unless your child has a medical or religious exemption from their doctor, your child must get these vaccines prior to starting school. The exact same concept and benefits as the flu shot, vaccines that focus on diseases and illnesses like polio, measles, mumps and rubella will keep these illnesses at bay and keep your child safe as well as other children that are part of the school system. Your child’s school will ask for a signed report from your child’s doctor that details all of the shots your child has gotten up until this point.

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