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October 1, 2009 – Vol. 4 • No. 2

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Flu bug ABCs

People often confuse the flu with the common cold. That’s a mistake.

“They’re completely different viruses,” said Dr. Richard D. Zane, vice chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “The symptoms can be similar, but those of the flu are more severe. The fever can be higher and of longer duration. Exhaustion, fatigue, and aches and pains are more pronounced with the flu.”

Influenza, more commonly referred to as the flu, is a contagious virus that attacks the respiratory system — nose, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs. Anyone is susceptible, but some people are at higher risk of developing serious complications. Small children, the elderly, those with weakened immune systems or certain chronic medical conditions can be hit hard by pneumonia and other infections. Full story


H1N1 — the latest flu virus

In April of this year, a “new” flu appeared in the U.S. called novel H1N1 — a genetic combination of swine, avian and human influenza viruses.

H1N1, initially referred to as swine flu, is caused by influenza A viruses — the cause of worldwide pandemics — and spreads easily from human to human.

The symptoms are not particularly different from the seasonal flu viruses, nor are the treatment or precautions. But it has caused quite a media sensation. Full story

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October is Healthy Lung Month

A closer look

When a person with the flu sneezes or coughs, he or she produces a droplet spread — the projection of secretions from the mouth and nose.

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High risk for complications click here

Stop the flu before it stops you! click here

The right technique click here

Need a shot? click here

Is it a cold … or is it the flu? click here

Questions & Answers click here

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