Influenza – colloquially known as the flu – is an infectious virus that affects humans. It is often confused with the common cold because the symptoms are similar, but influenza is harsher and causes fever, headaches and fatigue which aren’t synonymous with the common cold. It can also draw nausea and vomiting - particularly in younger children - but these symptoms are more specific to “stomach flu”. Let’s see how to prevent influenza in winter.
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It’s important to understand how you might acquire this virus in order to help you dodge it. It spreads from person to person essentially, directly or indirectly. You catch it directly by inhaling the droplets from the cough or a sneeze of an infected individual, or from simply talking too close to them. Your chances of acquiring it indirectly are also real, from bad hygienic practices, i.e. using the same objects - such as a towel or mug - as an infected individual.
Influenza Prevention Tips
How can you prevent influenza in winter? Remember that it can render you useless for days, so if you have an important appointment during the season, then you need to pay attention to these ways of dodging it.
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