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The Truth on Influenza


Influenza has hit the region hard this year. It seems like everywhere we turn someone has some type of influenza. Whether it is Influenza A, B or C this virus is horrible and can cause death.


Influenza A can be broken down into two categories: Influenza A(H1N1) and Influenza A(H3N2). In 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) broke out and many people came down with the illness. The symptoms of this virus are fever, breathing difficulty, the chills, headaches, achy muscles, a bad cough, nasal congestion, fatigue, nausea, dehydration and a sore throat. People who have Influenza A are contagious for around 7 to 10 days. This illness is the worst out of the three.


Influenza B is not broken down into any other categories. The symptoms of Influenza B are a fever, achy body, fatigue, stuffy nose, hard cough, loss of appetite, and even nausea. Influenza B is less severe than Influenza A but is worse than Influenza C.


Influenza C is more like the common cold. Both humans and animals can contract this sickness. The symptoms of this illness are a fever, dry cough, headache, muscle pain, and achiness. This virus can become more severe if left untreated. Bronchitis or even pneumonia can develop.


On January 11, 2018, Crofton High School had 17 students gone with illnesses. Influenza has been going around this season and everyone needs to be aware of the dangers of this virus.


How can you avoid influenza? Here are some tips to stay clear of this illness: avoid close contact with people who have or  have had the virus; clean or disinfect your work area, house, and so on; clean your hands often; and try to not touch your eyes, mouth or nose.