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Chennai: Influenza has been spreading throughout Tamil Nadu for the past few days. Especially, children are more affected by this fever. In this case, Ezhilarasi, director of Egmore Children’s Health Hospital, explains various information about this fever, from symptoms to treatment.
What is influenza? – Influenza is a viral fever. That is, contagious viral fever. A mild cold, a mild sore throat, a mild cough can cause this viral fever. This flu effect can sometimes go unnoticed. It can start from a mild fever and progress to a severe fever. For 80 percent of people, it’s just a mild fever.
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How is this flu spread? – This fever is spreading due to change in season. Viral fever spreads during rainy season. Seasonal influenza is the name of this flu. This fever is so named because it spreads due to seasonal changes. This fever spreads easily during this period. This fever starts in July and lasts until the onset of summer.
Can this virus mutate? – The flu season varies from country to country. It starts in July in India. It starts in October in the US. This fever starts during the rainy season and decreases during the summer season. In subsequent years this type of lesion or mutated virus may cause damage.
What is the symptom of fever? – The symptoms of this flu are cold, fever, sore throat and cough. If any of these symptoms are severe, you should definitely consult a doctor. People should not self-medicate. A doctor’s examination can determine what type of flu you have and treat it.
Does it only affect children? – No. This type of fever can affect people of all ages, from children to the elderly. The symptoms are the same for everyone. Some people have mild symptoms and some have severe symptoms due to immunity.
Can you explain the treatment methods? – Individuals with mild symptoms should be isolated. Taking vitamin and paracetamol tablets is enough. There is a separate medication for severely affected individuals. These medicines are given on the basis of doctor’s test and prescription.
How many days should be treated? – 5 days of treatment is sufficient if treatment is started at mild symptoms. For those with severe symptoms, treatment depends on the severity of the fever. From adults to children, everyone is given the same treatment. Only the dose of the medicine varies according to the age.
Is there a vaccine? – There is a separate vaccine for this disease called flu vaccine. This vaccine product changes every year. The vaccine product can change to adapt to changes in the virus. Every year the virus mutates. Not everyone will get this vaccine. Priority will be given to children, the elderly, and those who are most vulnerable.
What kind of precautions should be taken? – Corona infection protection measures should be followed. Must wear mask. Disinfectant should be used. Children should not be taken to crowded places. Infectious persons should be isolated. Do not send to school if you have fever.