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Influenza or flu as it is more commonly known, is a contagious illness of the respiratory system caused by the influenza virus. The influenza virus can be severe or mild and can even be fatal. One of the best ways to prevent influenza is by being immunized, in other words having a flu vaccination. Every flu season is different so influenza can affect people in different ways. Even healthy people can soon become very sick from flu which means they are likely to pass it on to others. You can now test for Type A and Type B strains of influenza.

A test kit provides a quick, easy way to find out if you have flu or not.

Flu season as it is known, tends to start at the beginning of October and can last until late May, so be wary. Having an annual flu vaccine, either a flu shot or a nasal spray flu vaccine are the best ways to reduce the chances of catching flu. Vaccinations will help your body to develop antibodies against influenza or H1N1 Swine Flu. Babies from the age of 6 months, children and adults should have a flu vaccination at least once a year, ideally by October. You can be immunized at doctors’ clinics, health departments, health centers and in some cases, pharmacies.

Don’t worry, immunization doesn’t hurt. Being immunized against influenza is definitely worth it when you consider the complications this particular virus can cause such as:- 

  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Dehydration
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Asthma

Not many people realize that flu viruses can also be found in different animals like ducks, chickens, horses and pigs. H1N1 swine flu can be particularly contagious to humans so why not find out more about immunization? Symptoms of influenza If you think you may have influenza or flu, symptoms usually include:-

  • Headaches and fatigue
  • Coughs and sore throats
  • Runny or stuffy noses
  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Diarrhea and vomiting

Immunization and Influenza Tests at Home:-

To put your mind at rest why not buy an affordable flu home test kit? A test kit provides a quick, easy way to find out if you have flu or not. Kits provide results in no time at all in the privacy of your own home.

Other illnesses like Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B can also be prevented by immunization. Hepatitis is inflammation in the liver which can be extremely dangerous if not diagnosed quickly. Hepatitis A is often contracted by consuming water or food that is contaminated. Hepatitis B occurs due to coming in to contact with infected bodily fluids, in many cases when having sexual contact.

The Hepatitis A virus infection is generally mild with most people making a full recovery, at least that’s some good news. On the other hand, Hepatitis B poses a serious health risk especially to your body’s immune system. Once the infection begins to spread, it can turn into cirrhosis or cancer of the liver. For both Hepatitis A and B, immunization is highly recommended. If you’re not keen on immunization, then prevention is the next best step. There’s plenty of info online regarding prevention and precautions to take so you don’t catch the Hepatitis A or B virus.

Immunization & Influenza

There is much debate over immunizing you and your family these days. An immunization shot is a trace amount of the virus or disease being injected in to your system to help prevent disease, not only for you but also for public health. There are some people who cannot be immunized, like those with severe allergies, certain health conditions or pregnant women, and for the sake of them and for the disease spreading to large populations, we get immunized. It is more cost effective and life-saving to prevent disease than treat it. This is called HERD immunization.

Over the years immunizations have halted epidemics of what used to be very common infectious diseases such as mumps, whooping cough, polio, smallpox and measles. Most vaccines only need to be administered one time where others such as the influenza vaccine need “boosters" for ongoing protection from the virus or disease.

If you would like to find out more information on vaccines and infectious disease see the resource links below:

Resources and Links

Influenza Vaccine: Who should have one and who should not: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov

All other vaccines: Who should have one and who should not: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  www.cdc.gov

The History of Vaccines: www.historyofvaccines.org

Vaccine Information and Records: www.vaccineinformation.org