Seattle, WA (PRWEB) February 06, 2014
The recent prolific outbreak of the influenza that is spreading throughout the US has prompted the Western Washington Medical Group to release an article to educate the public on the common symptoms of influenza virus, and various prevention methods to avoid infection.
The article opens by mentioning that which newscasters are frequently bringing up—the increasing rates of infection by the swine flu virus, H1N1. As researchers have pointed out, the article states,now that the transition from swine to human is over, the swine flu virus has become part of the yearly flu. It’s become so prevalent, in fact, that the strain has begun to be included in flu vaccines across the country.
The article informs the public on what sort of symptoms to watch for to assess if individuals have caught the influenza virus, suggesting that if a suspected case is taken to a family physician within the first 24 hours, Tamiflu may help to diminish the severity of the case.
Taking proper precautions, especially for high risk individuals, is important to staying healthy this season. “People at risk for developing complications or severe symptoms are those over the age of 65, children under 6 months of age, those with deficient immune systems due to chronic or severe illness, those with asthma or other lung related diseases, and those with morbid obesity,” WWMedGroup states. Keeping hands washed, avoiding people who are sick, and taking the doctor advised flu vaccine, the article cautions, are excellent ways to protect yourself and your family from contracting the virus. The article also begs people to remember that, per the CDC, people become contagious 1 day before developing symptoms, and continue to be contagious for 5-7 days after developing symptoms. Staying home while ill is vital in protecting others from catching your virus.
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