THE THREAT OF H3N2 INFLUENZA VIRUS - HOW TO STAY SAFE AND WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR

THE THREAT OF H3N2 INFLUENZA VIRUS - HOW TO STAY SAFE AND WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR

The H3N2 influenza virus is a highly contagious respiratory illness that has been spreading globally over the past few months. One of the possible reasons for this outbreak could be the emergence of new strains of the virus. As the virus replicates and mutates, it can create new strains that are more resistant to our immune system & treatment. In addition, they have different transmission patterns making it more challenging to prevent its spread. Therefore, it is essential to continue monitoring the H3N2 influenza virus and taking necessary measures.

 Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The H3N2 influenza virus is a subtype of the influenza A virus, which is known to cause severe illness and even death in certain populations.

 The symptoms of H3N2 influenza virus are similar to those of other types of influenza viruses. They include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

 WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR?

Most people who get flu recover within a few days without medical attention. However, certain groups of people are at higher risk of developing severe illness or complications from the flu, including:

  • Children under 5 years old
  • Adults over 65 years old
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease
  • People with weakened immune systems, such as those receiving chemotherapy

 If you are in a high-risk group and experience flu symptoms, or if your symptoms are severe or persistent, you should seek medical attention promptly. Your doctor may prescribe antiviral medications that can help reduce the severity of your symptoms and prevent complications.

 PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES

  • Practice good hygiene: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and dispose of used tissues immediately.
  • Get vaccinated: The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated every year. The flu vaccine can protect against several strains of the flu virus, including H3N2.
  • Stay home when sick: If you are sick with the flu, stay home from work or school to avoid spreading the virus to others.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people: If possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick with the flu.

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