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About 20,000 people in the United States die from the influenza virus each year. Most of the victims of this illness are elderly or chronically ill individuals, but it can also take the lives of otherwise healthy people.

Kyle Baughman was an aspiring personal trainer living in Pennsylvania. He came home for Christmas, saying that he didn’t feel very well. He ended up dying a few days later from influenza-related organ failure.

The viruses that cause influenza appear at their peak for about 2-3 weeks each winter. Exposure risks last for about six weeks, although you can get sick throughout the year in some areas.

Why the flu disappears as quickly as it arrives is not known. We do know that the virus spreads by droplet infection from people with a high viral load in their throat and nasal secretions. Sneezing or coughing around someone can quickly infect anyone close.

If you are dealing with symptoms related to the flu, then you may want to consider a supplement that seeks to support a healthy immune system and respiratory system. Enzymedica, Irwin Naturals, and Pure Encapsulations are brands that use herbs and essential nutrients to help provide the additional support that it needs.

Why Do Children Get the Flu First?

During the regular flu season, children tend to experience the first symptoms of this virus. Then they bring it home so that their parents get exposed to it. As the adults go about their day, they share their infected droplets with others with their sneezing and coughing.

Any situation where large groups of people come together places someone at a higher risk of exposure. That’s why schools, nursing homes, and large employers often see the most flu activity during the winter.

Equatorial countries experience something similar. Exposures can happen all year, but the peak rates occur during the rainy season. 

What Are the Symptoms of Influenza?

Many of the symptoms of influenza are similar to what people experience with a bad cold. Since there tends to be a conflation of unwanted outcomes, many people will say that they have the flu when they do not.

The trademark symptom of the flu is a sudden, often severe fever that spikes at 104° in children. A cough, sore throat, runny nose, and body aches are all part of the experience. Headaches and fatigue happen frequently, with children often experiencing vomiting or diarrhea.

Not everyone with the flu will have a fever. The other symptoms are present, and they come on suddenly. A cold’s unwanted experiences set in gradually.

Most people will recover from a bout with influenza in two weeks or less. Anyone who is at a high risk from this virus should consider receiving the yearly flu shot.

Scott Larson