Influenza is sudden. Symptoms include headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches, chills, sore throat and fever. We should look out for these symptoms. Sometimes, symptoms include nausea, diarrhea and vomiting for children but this is not often prominent. Influenza can result to pneumonia or death especially for people with complications like elders (ages 65 and above), pregnant women, children (six months to five years old), HIV infected, people with chronic diseases and many more.
Here in Singapore and around the world, there are medications for the treatment of influenza. There are antiviral medications that can help reduce and control the seriousness of the symptoms. Doctors will tell you to take antiviral in the first two days of the infection. There are also influenza vaccination every year recommended by doctors. The vaccine should also be given to people who are caring for people with the infection.
People with mild influenza can simply stay in the house and avoid contact. These people should also keep away from physical activities. If influenza is experienced by people with complications, it is imperative that they go to the doctor right away. Aside from the mentioned vaccine, people are reminded by the Singapore MOH to practice and observe proper hygiene by washing hands all the time, covering the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing and staying at home when sick.
If you want to know more about influenza, you are encouraged to ask questions. You can call the Singapore MOH for detailed answers. The good thing about this is we can get treated. We cannot just sit around and wait for our death because there is still hope. If you observe the precautions, you will surely prevent influenza. Infections are normal but what is not normal is dying from it. We should learn about influenza and share our knowledge to others so that they may too can increase their chances of surviving influenza, if they have that.