InFLUenza

Created by Olivia and Julia

What is the "Flu"

The Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. In its worse cases it can cause severe illness. Serious outcomes of the Flu infection can result in in hospitalization and it some cases even death. Some people such as older people, young children, and people with certain  health conditions are at a much higher risk for serious Flu competitions. The bacteria that causes this virus is called Influenza virus. There are three types of viruses type A, B, and C virus. every scientists look at recent data to predict which type of the Flu will have the biggest outbreak and that's the kind of vaccine they make for that year.

Symptoms

Influenza is a respiratory illness. It usually comes on suddenly. People who "catch" the Flu often suffer from these symptoms:

1. Fever or feeling feverish/chills

2. Cough

3. Sore throat

4. Runny or stuffy nose

5. Muscle or body aches

6. Headaches

7. Fatigue (tiredness)

8. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Ways to Prevent The Flu

There are not very many ways to prevent the Flu but one way is to get a vaccine or a Flu shot.  Even if you do get a Flu shot it doesn't always work, you would still be at risk for catching the Flu. There are a couple other ways that you do without even thinking like taking everyday precautions. When you wash your hands after using the  restroom you are not only cleaning your hands but saving yourself from getting the Flu. How does this work? Well, when you wash your hands with soap and water you are scrubbing off infections you never knew you had. Which when scrubbed off, the bacteria are at a safe distance from being able to infect anyone.

Fun Facts

1. The Flu kills more people than the recent outbreak in Ebola.

2. The English adopted the word “influenza” in the mid-eighteenth century, while the French called it la grippe from gripper, meaning “to grasp or hook.”

3. The Spanish flu killed more Americans in one year than the combined total who died in battle during WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

4. The single deadliest flu pandemic in history was the Spanish flu pandemic during 1918-1919. Occurring in the three waves of increasing lethality, the Spanish flu killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years. It also killed more people in one year than smallpox or the Black Plague did in 50 years.

5. The Spanish flu was sometimes called “the purple death” because the worst symptom, signally certain death, was known as “heliotrope cyanosis,” when the lungs were starved of oxygen and the patient would turn purple, black, or blue.

Sources we used were

www.cdc.gov

facts.randomhistory.com