Influenza, aka the "flu" is a highly contagious virus that affects the respiratory passage causing fever, severe aching, sore throat, etc. There are three types of flu viruses, which are type A, type B, and type C. Type A and B cause the yearly influenza epidemics that affect up to 20% of the population, causing sneezing, aching, coughing, and high fevers. Type C also causes flu; however, type C flu symptoms are much less severe.The flu causes between 3,000 to 49,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations each year in the United States. The yearly flu vaccine was created to try to decrease and prevent casualty in an influenza-like epidemic.
Flu season in Georgia can start between early fall to springtime, but you can get the flu any time of the year. Most cases of influenza are more likely to occur in February, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention located in Atlanta, Georgia. The second and third most common months of influenza are December and March.
Each and every year from October to mid-May, Georgia's Department of Public Health tracks flu activity throughout the state. Flu like illness are tracked with the help of volunteer sentinel providers as part of CDC's ILINet program. This means that they monitor flu activity by watching the statistical percent of doctors' visits caused by "Flu-like illness." The doctors use the statistical information to help aid people that are facing the flu virus by providng medical care to tageted areas. Without this data, the CDC wouldn't be able to give us accurate information so that we can also be informed about the virus.
People with the flu can spread it to others up to 6 feet away. Most of the time, the flu virus is spread mainly by droplets produced when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Also, a person could get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu droplets on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.
Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people at the beginning of day one symptoms develop between day five to day seven. Children may be able to pass on the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start from day one to day four after the virus enters the body. This means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those people may still be able to spread the virus to others.the relationships between viruses and bacterial diseases.
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