The truth about the flu that can save your life

Olga Nagornyuk
17.10.2016

The truth about the flu that can save your life

Some of us still consider flu to be a type of cold, not fully aware of how dangerous this disease can be. Others, on the contrary, overestimate the threat and believe in many myths that have arisen out of ignorance or created consciously by doctors and pharmacists. We will tell you what the flu virus is, what claims about it are true, and which are fiction.

How dangerous is the flu virus?

The influenza virus was first isolated by scientists in 1930, although outbreaks of this disease have happened many times before. The first epidemic was recorded in 1580, and at the beginning of the twentieth century the pandemic of the Spanish flu in just a year and a half killed about 5% of the world's population. Then, “Spaniard” every third inhabitant of the planet had had it.

Hospital of the last century

Influenza refers to acute respiratory viral infections, but do not confuse it with a cold. The latter occurs when hypothermia, which weakens the body and creates favorable conditions for the reproduction of microbes,permanently "living" in our body. Influenza is not caused by hypothermia, but by infection — a pathogenic virus that enters our blood from the external environment.

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3D model of the virus

The symptoms of both diseases are largely identical:

  • fever, which lasts from 2 to 6 days, then begins to decrease;
  • runny nose;
  • general weakness caused by intoxication;
  • headache localized in the frontal part;
  • redness of the throat.

Flu symptoms chart

Of the specific signs of the disease, we note joint aches and muscle pain. Although some people have these symptoms with a common cold. Therefore, we advise you not to try to diagnose yourself, but to go to the clinic. The danger of this disease lies not in itself, but in the consequences it entails: chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, diseases of the cardiovascular system and even deaths.

Woman holding a thermometer

Science does not stand still, and scientists probably came up with a means to help cope with the disease - you say, and you’re right, but only partially. Influenza virus is divided into three types: A, B and C.The researchers did create vaccines that can neutralize the effects of these pathogens on the body. But viruses mutate annually, giving rise to new species for which previously created drugs are ineffective. So it was with the avian influenza virus, the threat of an epidemic which we experienced only recently. Here is a video on this topic:

WHO annually makes a forecast as to which strain should be expected in the near future, and scientists are trying to modify the serum to the characteristics of this species. So, in the season 2016-2017. According to the WHO, we should expect three strains of influenza: California (H1N1), also called swine flu, Brisbane (type B) and Hong Kong (H3N2). The most dangerous of them is swine, because it constantly mutates, and even after vaccination you cannot be 100% sure that you have immunity.

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Myths and truth about the disease

Influenza infection has gathered around itself so many rumors and conjectures that it is sometimes difficult to figure out which of them are fiction and which are for good reason.

Vaccination can trigger infection.

Can not. Yes, the vaccine is made using attenuated viruses or parts of them. But they are not able to inflict any significant harm to the body, but the immune system learns to recognize and destroy them when a real infection occurs.

Vaccination in hand

But there are two "but":

  • antibodies to the virus begin to be produced on the 5-10th day after vaccination, and during this time you can easily catch the infection;
  • the serum must match the type of virus, otherwise it will not give the desired effect.

It is necessary to take into account the human factor. You may be injected with an expired vaccine. Therefore, personally verify its expiration date.

One vaccine has been valid for several years

Wrong. We already wrote: the virus is regularly transformed, and it is impossible to develop permanent immunity from it. For the same reason, there is a risk to have them twice in a row. After all, two strains can “roam” around the planet in search of victims.

Chicken and Pest Control

Garlic and onion cure flu

True. First, these plants are natural immunomodulators. Secondly, they contain phytoncides that can weaken and infect the influenza virus. Of course, onions and garlic cannot be used as the main treatment, but they will certainly contribute to the fight against infection as additional funds. Just do not try to bury their nose juice, otherwise burn the mucous.

Heads of garlic and onions

Antibiotics are the best cure for flu.

The deepest delusion. Antibacterial drugs are used to kill bacteria. And the causative agent of influenza infection is a virus against which antibiotics are powerless. But they are quite capable of greatly weakening your immunity, which during the struggle with the disease and so works with a double load.

Multi-colored capsules

Women and children are harder to bear disease

We will argue with that. These two categories more often than others are infected with infectious diseases, because children are constantly in contact with their peers in kindergartens and schools, and lovely ladies like to meet with friends and go shopping. But both children and women suffer the disease much easier than old people and toddlers who have not turned six months.

Nurse with patient

Vitamins will save you from the flu

Controversial statement.Recent studies have shown that daily intake of vitamin C at a dosage of 200 mg reduces the progression of the disease by only 8%, but does not cure it. But the warm chicken broth is quite able to significantly bring about the time of recovery, because it contains an amino acid that resembles the chemical composition of the remedies with which bronchitis and the common cold are treated.


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    The truth about the flu that can save your life

    The truth about the flu that can save your life

    The truth about the flu that can save your life

    The truth about the flu that can save your life

    The truth about the flu that can save your life

    The truth about the flu that can save your life

    The truth about the flu that can save your life

    The truth about the flu that can save your life

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