Did you know 42% of children and 15% of adults contract the influenza virus each year?
- Influenza is an infection that takes place in the respiratory system
- Influenza outbreaks can occur quickly; especially the new type of influenza, which has spread to Mexico, the United States, and Canada
- In Thailand, influenza season occurs during the winter and the rainy season
- Flu shots should be given one to two months before the start of flu season each year
The symptoms of influenza differ from common cold symptoms.
- Higher fever (102 to 104 degrees)
- Headache, coughing, body aches, and fatigue
- May cause complications with other diseases and could be life threatening, especially in older patients, patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, renal disease, pulmonary disease, coronary disease, liver disease, asthma or AIDS
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid rubbing your eyes and putting your hands in your mouth and nose
- Avoid sharing towels, glasses or personal belongings with others
- Stay away from infected people
- The influenza vaccine is recommended for children from six months of age and for adults 50 years of age and over, as well as pregnant women and frequent travelers
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