Influenza is a serious disease, which causes widespread illness throughout the UK each winter. It is a viral infection that is seen in the winter months. The typical symptoms and signs of flu are a rapid onset illness with high fever (over 38 degrees C) a feature which may last for days. A painful and debilitating headache is usually present together with severe body aches and pains. Those affected are usually bedridden for days due to fatigue and weakness. Further symptoms can be sneezing, severe cough, sore throat and nausea. These symptoms can last for up to to 10 days. For several weeks after, a feeling of exhaustion and lack of energy will predominate. Complications include bronchitis and pneumonia.
Everyone is at risk, especially if you are tired or stressed, come into daily contact with a lot of people, have children who always seem to have a cold, or are generally less healthy than you could be.
Flu spreads by droplets in the air (by coughing or sneezing for example). The virus gains entry into your body through your nose, mouth and eyes. It is also spread by touch but to a lesser extent. Once inside the body, the virus multiplies rapidly to produce millions of virus particles.
The New Seasonal Flu Vaccine is available from around September each year and will contain protection against those strains deemed prevalent, by WHO (World Health Organisation), in the coming year. Recently, this included the H1N1 strain responsible for the Swine Flu Epidemic & The H3N2 strain responsible for Bird Flu.
No, the Vaccine does not contain any live virus. It is a medical impossibility to catch flu from the vaccine.
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