Prevent and Cure the Flu (Influenza)
flu is properly called influenza, an acute (short-term) viral infection
the upper respiratory tract (nose, throat, sinuses
and bronchial tubes).
Most people infected with this virus can expect
to fully recover in 7 to 10 days. Unlike the common cold,
the influenza virus claims the lives of about twenty thousand
people in the United States and four to eight thousands lives in Canada
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on the influenza virus (the flu)
typically happens between
November and April in Canada. It generally takes 48 hours after
the flu virus before the symptoms show up.
See the table below for symptoms of the flu (along with a comparison
with the common cold
Many people have difficulty in distinguishing between the two as the
symptoms are quite similar.
are the types of flu virus?
strains of flu virus; A, B
and C. Influenza A virus can attack humans, pigs, horses and birds.
Influenza B and C only attack humans. By far, influenza A is the most
common type humans get.
Swine Flu (H1N1)- What is it and why all the dangers, warnings and
is a highly contagious form of the influenza virus. It was first
isolated from swine, hence the name. Swine is a name given to a group
of stout, cloven-hoofed animal with thick hide. It has a snout and
usually a short tail. An example would be the pig.
Why is it so
the past, the swine influenza virus (also referred to as
virus) only infected pigs and not humans, thus we have never developed
any immunity against this strain. It spreads as easily as any
other strains of the influenza virus.
Although the H1N1 virus was
transmitted from pigs to humans, infected humans can transmit it to
other humans and even back to the pig (for example, people working in
the pig production farms.
Why does the flu vaccine need to
be "updated" each year?
can and will mutate to "survive". Once the virus mutates (changes it's
DNA or one or more proteins outside the "shell") , it renders the
useless for this new strain of virus.
Moreover, our own immune system also won't recognize this "new" virus
and it will take some time for our own immune system to develop
protection against it.
flu vs. the common cold - What are the symptoms?
The flu (influenza), also caused by a virus, can be a serious health
condition as it can cause pneumonia, bronchitis and other lung-related
|Flu (Influenza) Symptoms
||Common Cold Symptoms
throat, congestion and body
throat, congestion and body
|Sudden onset of severe aching, pain and
||Symptoms develop more gradually and are not
|High fever and chills
||Usually there's no fever or that it's mild
|Severe fatigue and discomfort requiring bed
||Mild fatigue; you can still "function",
although not as efficiently
you have flu symptoms, you should follow up with your family doctor,
especially if you have a history of problems with your respiratory
long does the flu last? What's the incubation period?
to get the full details on how long the influenza infection last.
It generally takes 48 hours after catching
the flu virus before the symptoms show up. This time before the
symptoms shows up is called the incubation period.
else can I do to prevent catching it or to get relief from the flu?
It is important to wash hands frequently and
keep it away from eyes, nose and mouth.
Get enough rest and sleep.
Exercise regularly to maintain the health of
your body and immune system
Work on controlling and reducing stress.
- Maintain a healthy diet by eating more fruits
Consider preparing chicken soap containing
ginger, scallions and rice noodles. It is shown in some small studies
to be helpful in fighting off the symptoms of the
Meditation may be helpful to regulate the
immune system and reduce stress.
Salt water gargle is helpful for treating sore
- Use a nasal lubricant gel to keep the nose
moist and prevent irritation from frequent nose blowing if necessary.
Humidify the air with a humidifier to make
your sore throat
easily spreads the virus. Cover your mouth and nose and sneeze into a
tissue or onto your shirt sleeve. Wash your hands right after. Sneeze
towards to floor to avoid making the virus airborne.
Avoid sharing cups, knives, forks and
spoons in the kitchen.
Try to use separate face towels and hand
towels for each family member.
Try to stay
away from those who are infected when possible. Indeed, crowded living and
working areas increases the chance that you might catch the influenza
Try to disinfect your bathroom, especially if
someone in the house has the flu.
If practical, sleep in a separate room to
avoid transmitting the virus to your spouse or children.
Wear a face mask (N95 type), if practical, to
avoid spreading the virus.
- Smoking increases the likelihood of getting a viral infection as it weakens the immune system.
diet should I be on if I want to prevent or cure the flu?
A healthy diet will allow your body to fight off the influenza virus
should eat more of...
- Water, lemon or herbal tea - avoids dehydration
- Fruits and vegetables
- Light meals are recommended
- Increase garlic, ginger and onions
Foods to avoid...
- Sugar - It negatively affects the immune system.
- Diary products - Milk and cheese may worsen
congestion as they promote mucus production.
- Avoid fruit juice as they are high in sugar
content. You may dilute the juice first to reduce the amount of sugar
you take in.
- Excessive caffeine
reduces the amount of zinc
in your body. Zinc is an essential mineral for maintaining immune
are the complications of the flu?
of the complication getting the influenza virus is the risk of developing
a bacterial infection (pneumonia) in the lungs, especially in the
elderly and those with a weakened immune system.
Often, as the person appears to be recovering, the
following symptoms reappear:
- high fever
- chest pains when coughing or breathing
- intense chills
- coughing up thick greenish sputum
If any of these symptoms reappear, medical treatment may be required.
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