The Flu (Influenza)
Influenza (flu) is a viral infection that attacks your nose, throat, and lungs. People with chronic lung and airway disease have a higher risk for the flu. If left untreated, the complications can be deadly. The best defense is to get the yearly flu vaccine.How can I get the flu?
•Flu viruses travel through the air in droplets when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes, or talks. You can inhale the droplets directly, or pick up the virus by touching an object and touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
•Working in a healthcare related field, having a weakened immune system, having a chronic illnesses (such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema), being exposed while pregnant.
What can the flu lead to?
If the symptoms persist and left untreated, you can get pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections, and asthma flare-ups.
What can you do to prevent it?
•Wash your hands, contain your coughs and sneezes, avoid crowds, get the flu vaccine, and maintain a strong immune system (exercise regularly, eat healthy, get enough sleep)
•Because the flu changes its form frequently to different strains, vaccines are made differently every year to combat the flu effectively.
Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/flu/basics/definition/con-20035101
American Lung Association http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/influenza/
Derek Chang graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah. Go Utes! He was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He aspires to become a physician-entrepreneur to find and create new ways of improving overall patient health. He enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, reading books, meeting new people, and learning anything new.