What’s influenza (flu)? This is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and sometimes may cause death. People with the flu frequently feel a feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and tiredness (very tired). Some people might have nausea and nausea, though this is more common in children than adults.

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These symptoms were experienced by my children and me. They simply got out of the hospital last evening while I wasn’t confined because nobody would deal with them if all three people were hospitalized. I received the exact same medicine they have; just an out-patient. Prior to this event, I attended a seminar about Business Proposal Preparation for a week in a hotel in Davao City. The venue wasn’t within the hotel but in another location; state about 50 meters apart.

We walked this space daily. From the hotel to the place, the temperature was a combination of too cold, too hot and too cold. During our last day, I experienced a runny nose and a small fever. When I came home, I was really quite tired and ill. So, my children cared for me. Unfortunately, during my next day at home, my son got a fever and then my daughter was infected too. Since they had an extremely high fever, I truly restricted them to a hospital to get appropriate medication. For nearly a week, we stayed in the hospital and just last night that we had been released. But still, my children weren’t feeling well nor do I despite the heavy dose of antibiotics.

Good to know

Unknowingly, most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after getting ill. Some individuals, particularly young children and individuals with weakened immune systems, may have the ability to infect others for a much longer period. Complications of the flu include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

Anyone can get the flu even healthy folks. Serious problems linked to the flu can occur at any age, but some individuals are at high risk of developing severe flu-related complications if they become ill like individuals who are 65 years and older; individuals of any age with certain chronic medical conditions like diabetes, asthma, or cardiovascular disease; pregnant women; and young kids.


It’s quite difficult to distinguish the flu from other viral or bacterial causes of respiratory illnesses on the basis of symptoms alone. There are tests available to diagnose influenza. But the most important step in preventing the flu is to get a flu vaccination annually. I also understood that when you’re infected with the flu, you will need to steer clear of other people so you can’t infect them too. The spread of the virus is extremely fast. So, covering coughs and sneezes and regular hand washing may also help slow the spread of bacteria which cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses.