Influenza A symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, sneezing, coughing, and runny nose. Influenza virus type A is the most common type of the flu, and its symptoms are typically more severe than symptoms of type B or type C. Influenza A symptoms are similar to the symptoms of a cold, except that fever is rare with a cold and common with the flu. Flu symptoms tend to be more severe than cold symptoms, as well. Flu symptoms also tend to come on very quickly.

The best way to prevent influenza virus type A is to get a flu shot. Despite what some people think, you cannot get the flu from getting a flu shot because the shot is not made from live virus. Some people may have a minor reaction to the shot, though, that can cause some flu-like symptoms like muscle aches and a low fever. Such reactions are relatively rare, though. Getting a flu shot does not guarantee you won't catch the flu anyway, but it definitely lowers your risk significantly.

The next best way to prevent the flu is to wash your hands a lot with soap and water, especially when you've been around someone who is sick. But since you might not always know when you've been around someone with the flu, frequent washing all the time is your best bet.

There is a homeopathic remedy you can take to help prevent the flu. It is called Instant Immunity, and we'll tell you more about that in a moment.

Some people take extra vitamin C to help prevent or treat the flu, but there is no evidence that this actually works.

Treatment is usually aimed at relieving influenza A symptoms. There are a variety of over-the-counter medications you can take for relief. For instance, you can take Tylenol for fever and headache, antihistamines for a runny nose, decongestants for a stuffy head, and a cough suppressant if you have a cough. These medications don't cure influenza virus type A, they just help with the symptoms. They may have side effects, such as causing drowsiness or insomnia.

There are antiviral medications that are available by prescription that may help speed the process of recovery from the flu. Doctors don't always prescribe these because flu symptoms usually go away on their own in time without treatment, but if you see your doctor for the flu you might be given a prescription. There are some side effects associated with antiviral medications. For instance, Tamiflu can cause nausea and vomiting, confusion, mental status changes, and skin reactions.

Some people prefer to use natural treatments for relief from influenza A symptoms.

There are a couple of homeopathic remedies you might want to try for dealing with influenza virus type A. Both of these products contain 100% all natural ingredients:

  • A new product that we have seen a lot of success with is Instant Immunity. It works to protect against the flu. It may also help speed recovery if you do get the flu, and can help prevent secondary complications from the flu. To learn more, just follow the link.

See a doctor in mid-fall if you want to get vaccinated against influenza virus type A. You normally don't need to see a doctor for influenza A symptoms, but if your symptoms last longer than a week, if they are really severe, if you have a very high fever, or if you have trouble breathing, you should see a doctor. In rare cases, the flu can be very serious, even deadly, so see a doctor if you have any concerns.

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Many viruses can cause a flu-like illness. There is usually a seasonal outbreak of flu (influenza) in the UK each winter. Flu-like illnesses typically cause a high temperature, aches and pains in muscles and joints, a cough and various other symptoms.

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Flu (influenza) is caused by the influenza virus. However, many other viruses can cause an illness similar to flu. It is often difficult to say exactly which virus is causing the illness, so doctors often diagnose a flu-like illness.

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Le rhume est d’origine virale; il y a plus de 200 différents virus qui le causent:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC104573/
Olivier

Est-ce vrai, que le bicarbonate de soude pris quotidiennement, soit efficace contre un rhume?

Salut Mireille,
Absolument pas! Dans le meilleur des cas, c’est C’est un anti-acide pour les brûlements d’estomac, mais encore là il ne faut pas en prendre à tous les jours.
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After the flu jab you may get a mild fever and slight muscle aches for a day or so.

If you have a sore arm after the vaccination, try these tips to ease the discomfort:

  • continue to move your arm regularly – don't let it get stiff and sore
  • take a painkiller, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen – pregnant women shouldn't take ibuprofen unless a doctor recommends and prescribes it
  • do not give aspirin to children under 16

The flu jab cannot cause flu because there are no active viruses in the vaccine.

If you have what you think is flu after vaccination, it may be that you have caught a flu-like virus that isn't really flu, or you may have caught flu before your flu vaccination had taken effect.

Serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) to flu vaccines are very rare. Healthcare staff giving vaccinations are fully trained to deal with anaphylaxis and, with prompt treatment, individuals make a quick and complete recovery.

Contact a pharmacist or your GP if you experience severe side effects that are not improving over time.

Page last reviewed: 12/07/2016
Next review due: 12/07/2019

Many factors such as age, smoking, and other medical conditions can increase your chances of getting pneumonia and having more severe pneumonia.

Pneumonia can affect people of all ages. However, two age groups are at greater risk of developing pneumonia and having more severe pneumonia:

  • Infants who are two years old or younger because their immune systems are still developing during the first few years of life.
  • People who are 65 years old or older because their immune systems begin to change as a normal part of aging.

Your risk for pneumonia may increase if you have been exposed to certain chemicals, pollutants, or toxic fumes.

Smoking cigarettes, excessive use of alcohol, or being undernourished also increases your risk for pneumonia.

Other conditions and factors also increase your risk for pneumonia. Your risk also goes up if you:

  • Have trouble coughing because of a stroke or other condition, or have problems swallowing.
  • Can't move around much or are sedated.
  • Recently had a cold or the flu.
  • Have a lung disease or other serious disease including cystic fibrosis, asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), bronchiectasis, diabetes, heart failure, or sickle cell disease.
  • Are in a hospital intensive-care unit, especially if you using a ventilator to help you breathe.
  • Have a weak or suppressed immune system due to HIV/AIDS, organ transplant or blood and marrow stem cell transplant, chemotherapy (a treatment for cancer), or long-term steroid use.

Pneumonia can be very serious and even life threatening. Vaccines can help prevent certain types of pneumonia. Good hygiene, quitting smoking, and keeping your immune system strong by exercising and healthy eating are other ways to prevent pneumonia.

Vaccines are available to prevent pneumonia caused by pneumococcal bacteria or the flu virus, or influenza. Vaccines can't prevent all cases of infection. However, compared to people who don't get vaccinated, those who are vaccinated and still get pneumonia tend to have:

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On peut expliquer cela par le fait que le système immunitaire faiblit naturellement avec l’âge. Ce phénomène, appelé l’immunosénescence, rend aussi les personnes âgées moins réactives à la dose standard † du vaccin contre l’influenza 1.

Les adultes de plus de 65 ans représentent 15 % de la population générale 5. Pendant la saison grippale de 2014-2015, les personnes âgées représentaient environ 70 % des hospitalisations liées à l’influenza et environ 90 % des décès liés à l’influenza 2. De plus, on estime que 12 000 hospitalisations et 3 500 décès attribuables à l’influenza surviennent au Canada chaque année – tous groupes d’âge confondus – et que les cas sont souvent sous-rapportés 3. De surcroît, la grippe peut déclencher des affections, comme des accidents vasculaires cérébraux et des crises cardiaques 3,6-8, ou aggraver le diabète et les maladies rénales 3,9-10.

Les résultats d’une étude rétrospective menée dans un foyer de soins aux États-Unis montrent que l’influenza a une incidence négative significative sur l’état fonctionnel des personnes âgées et qu’elle a été associée à un déclin dans les activités de la vie quotidienne (AVQ) 11*.

* FLUZONE MD Haute dose n’est pas indiqué pour la prévention de la mortalité, de l’hospitalisation ou des complications associées à l’influenza, comme le déclin dans les activités de la vie quotidienne (AVQ), dans l’autonomie ou dans la qualité de vie ou de la morbidité attribuable à l’influenza et la mortalité associée aux accidents vasculaires cérébraux, aux crises cardiaques, aux maladies rénales et au diabète.

En 2014-2015, LES CANADIENS de 65 ANS ET PLUS représentaient:

des hospitalisations liées à l’influenza 2

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Le Comité consultatif national de l’immunisation (CCNI) du Canada considère que les adultes de plus de 65 ans sont exposés à un risque élevé de complications ou d’hospitalisation liées à l’influenza et recommande la vaccination annuelle de toutes les personnes âgées contre l’influenza 3.

Il a été démontré que le vaccin FLUZONE MD Haute dose contre l’influenza est plus efficace chez les personnes âgées que FLUZONE MD†, notre vaccin à dose standard contre l’influenza 12.

Le vaccin FLUZONE MD Haute dose s’est révélé d’une efficacité supérieure à celle de
FLUZONE MD à dose standard † pour la prévention de l’influenza confirmée en laboratoire. Dans le cadre d’un important essai clinique multicentrique (mené aux États-Unis et au Canada),FLUZONE MD Haute dose s’est avéré d’une efficacité relative supérieure de 24,2 % (IC à 95 %: 9,7-36,5) pour la prévention de maladies de type grippal attribuables à tout type ou sous-type de virus. Les taux d’attaque des maladies de type grippal confirmées en laboratoire (critères d’évaluation principaux) ont été de 1,43 % pour le groupe FLUZONE MD Haute dose et de 1,89 % pour le groupe FLUZONE MD†1 **.

Bien qu’il ne soit offert au Canada que depuis 2015, FLUZONE MD Haute dose n’est pas un nouveau produit. Il est offert aux États-Unis depuis 2009, où plus de 90 millions de doses ont été administrées à ce jour 13.

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Iodine deficiency is most common in parts of the world farther from large water bodies. Therefore, people living in inland areas and those in arid regions are usually iodine deficient because they do not eat marine foods.

According to a WHO (World Health Organization) statement made in 2007, about 2 billion of the world’s population do not get sufficient iodine from their diets. The WHO called iodine deficiency the single, most important but preventable cause of mental retardation.

Besides those who live too far away from marine life and so do not get enough iodine in their diet, other groups of people who are prone to iodine deficiency include:

  • Pregnant women
  • People exposed to radiation
  • People with selenium deficiency

Iodine deficiency can also be caused by chemicals such as perchlorates, thiocyanates and also goitrogens such as calcium. In addition, tobacco and alcohol intake may increase the risk of this deficiency.

In addition, women are more likely than men to develop iodine deficiency.

A 24-hour urine iodine collection is the most common medical test for diagnosing iodine deficiency. The body eliminates 90% of the iodine ingested daily in the urine, therefore, the level of iodine in urine is a good indication of the amount of iodine found in the body.

Iodine deficiency causes a number of medical disorders including goiter and cretinism.

Other symptoms of iodine deficiency include depression, fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, impaired memory and mental abilities, slow heartbeats and increased sensitivity to cold.

Goiter is the medical term for the enlargement of the thyroid gland. When this gland swells, it can also cause the swelling of the larynx and neck.

Goiter can form when the production of T4 falls sharply. To renew the production, TSH is secreted in large amounts from the pituitary gland.

However, if the low production of T4 is caused by iodine deficiency, the increased secretion of TSH does not translate into an increased synthesis of T4. Instead, TSH needlessly stimulates the growth of new cells in the thyroid gland, and this causes the enlargement of the gland.

In mild cases, which are the most common, a mild iodine deficiency may lead to increased production of T3 in the thyroid gland. However, since most of the body’s store of T3 is made from the available T4 which are not being replenished, T4 is rapidly depleted.

Goiter is a big public health problem not only in poor countries but in some affluent nations of Europe and in Australia and New Zealand. The treatment is, however, simple. By supplying iodine supplements, goiter cases can be quickly resolved.

The easiest way to provide iodine supplementation to any population is by mandating that sale of only iodized salts.

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The most common type of malaria infection is that of Plasmodium falciparum and this strain does fortunately NOT have a relapsing phase.

The other strains such as Plasmodium vivax, ovale, or malariae can infect the liver and persist in a dormant state for months, or even years after exposure to the infection.

Should a relapse develop it can be treated by restraining the acute symptoms with chloroquine and then overcome the liver infection with medication called primaquine.

This medication is more toxic and has more side effects than chloroquine but is a very effective form of treatment.

People with a deficiency of the blood enzyme G6PD are predisposed to reactions from primaquine treatment but such an enzyme blood deficiency is easy to ascertain with a simple blood test before treatment with primaquine is started.

Prevention of malaria infection is better than curing the disease as the infection is becoming increasingly resistant to prescribed drugs.

Various insecticides, which are used to spray areas favored by mosquitoes, are also no longer effective, and a constant struggle is under way to develop new anti-malarial drugs and insecticides, to keep the disease at bay.

Influenza B: Cause, Symptom, Treatment and Prevention

Influenza B can cause respiratory and stomach symptoms. It can be easily treated. Vaccine and staying away from virus can prevent it.

Influenza or the flu refers to a respiratory infection that can be caused by a variety of viruses. The virus will move through the air and become inhaled through the mouth or nose. Approximately 5-20 percent of people catch the flu each year in the United States. Influenza can cause a serious infection or death in newborns, the elderly and people with some chronic illnesses. The viruses that cause influenza are classified as A, B or C types, depending on how their proteins are composed. Type B viruses are the most common in humans.

All flu viruses travel in the air as droplets of moisture. It spreads when people talk, cough or sneeze, releasing this moisture. Some people inhale this moisture in the air while others touch objects like a keyboard or telephone that are covered in the virus and then transfer them to the eyes, mouth or nose by touching these areas.

The influenza virus alters and creates new strains constantly so those that have already been affected by the flu may have developed antibodies to ward of a specific type of flu virus. If you are exposed to a virus in the future that is similar to those you have experienced before or you have been given a vaccination against a certain type of flu, it will be easier for the body to fight off the infection.

The antibodies a person has developed will not be able to prevent an infection caused by new strains of the virus or subtypes of the virus that are different than those you have already been exposed to.

1. Body Symptoms

A common sign that someone is developing the flu is fever. Fevers caused by this virus can climb as high as 106 degrees F, though this particular type of fever tends to be less severe than other types. Adults also tend to experience lower fever than children when they are infected with the virus. Those infected with this type of flu will also commonly have fatigue and body aches.

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I have expanded the section on aspartame withdrawal here, mainly because of your feedback (see the responses below). Many people have told me that even after realizing just how bad aspartame is, they just cannot stop using it. When they try to stop, they get that “need to have it” feeling. They also experience classic withdrawal symptoms such as headache, anger, or anxiety until they get the next hit.

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All the reasons that cause this addiction seem to be unclear. We know that aspartame breaks down to a highly absorbable form of methanol in the liver, which impairs dopamine receptors witch decreases serotonin. This causes an addiction similar to alcoholism which also leads to depression and mood disorders. Some drinks such as Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi contain caffeine as well, and seem even harder to quit (Diet Coke seems to be the clear “addiction” winner).

Aspartame (like MSG) is an excitotoxin. An excitotoxin has effects similar to the way the word sounds. It is a toxin that excites brain cells to a much higher level. During this time you will heightened clarity and sharper cognition. After this brief “rush” it actually kills the cells. This is believed to be the cause of many brain disorders from cancer and stroke, to multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Check out this reader response I have dubbed: Aspartame Poisoning. Read for yourself the unbelievable damage she claims is caused by years of high consumption of Diet Coke and Diet Dr Pepper. There are also many more responses below. This is a much more serious problem than most of us think.

Please let me know if YOU are addicted to aspartame or have aspartame withdrawal. Please also list your symptoms. I would like to help others break the habit.
Please, please, please, help me, help others on this!

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Stevia: There is some controversy over using Stevia. I am a BIG FAN (see Omica Organics to the right of this page). That said, I mix my Stevia with 1/2 Raw Honey or Grade B Maple Syrup. It just “feels right”. Try it, and let me know what you think. Remember, TRUVIA IS NOT STEVIA! It is made by Coka-cola and Cargil (yes, poisoned again).

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Hi I decided to give up coke zero last week as I was spending so much money on it. I would usually drink about 2-3 litres a day and on the weekends too many to count. I’m 41 and have been a Diet/coke zero drinker for about 20 years. Well it is day 8 and I feel great. On the second day of detox I had such a bad headache that I couldn’t go to work and had this ringing in my ears. I have also noticed that I am not eating anything sweet like chocolate or cake and can’t believe that I am writing this, but I don’t want any! People have noticed that I have lost weight (around the tummy). For people that are finding it hard, keep going you will find it easier and you will feel better. So glad i found this site.
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Well done you. Thinking about it, I’d have chocolate every day. Never really had a sweet tooth but don’t even want chocolate now. Keep at it xxxx

35 yr old female. Consumed 5 to 6 packets of crystal light a day for approximately the last 10 years of my life (major addiction). I don’t like water, so I flavored all my water. I decided to get healthy. I cut sugar, processed foods of all kinds, caffeine, milk, bread (anything that could be converted to sugar), HOWEVER…I did not cut my artificially sweetened drink packets. They are zero calories, zero sugar, zero carbs…so what’s the big deal? I held onto that one addiction. The one thing I didn’t wanna deprive myself of.

So I started reading articles about how “artificial sweeteners make you fat”. How could this be? Long story short, I called a nutrition expert and had the whole thing explained to me. So I cut my drink packets cold turkey. I can tell you this! Of all the withdrawal symptoms I’ve gone through on this journey (be it sugar, caffeine, whatever. ) Aspartame takes the cake. Immediately within hours of not getting up and drinking my morning dose, the headache set it. By about 3pm I was experiencing the WORST headache I’ve ever had in my life. Felt as if my brain was swelling and pressing against every part of my skull. My muscles went tight. My knees went stiff and joints ached that haven’t ever ached. I was sweating on and off throughout the day. Literally bed ridden and useless. Felt almost like a bad flu. I slept all day trying to sleep off the headache. Day 2, tried to play in a softball game, felt extremely weak, sweaty, jittery, foggy, elbows and knees hurt…head still hurting. No appetite, angry and moody as hell. I shouldn’t have ever gone.

So today is my day 3 without aspartame. MY HEAD STILL HURTS! My brain feels like a bruise. I know I’m only one diet drink away from feeling better, but I’m not gonna do it. F you aspartame!

I add Truly Natural Vitamin C from Healthforce to my water now. Every bit as good as Crystal Light IMO and super great for you. Hope that helps,
Eric

Hi Leslie, Hope you can hang in. It. Ignatian take 4 to 6 weeks, but know that your body has done all it,can do and is mending. It just hurts to get better.

Well done Lesley. The headaches will get better. I’m so conscious of buying bottled drinks without inspecting the additives now but that’s also become second nature. Weirdest thing is going into a pub and not asking for Bacardi and diet coke. For years I gave my kids diet coke as it was ‘better’ than fat coke cos it had no calories. I used to moan like mad if they drank fat coke. Now I’m asking for it too. Good luck with your ongoing battle 🙂 Love and hugs xx

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    Wenn Sie schon eine Grippe haben, können Sie ihrer Ausbreitung vorbeugen, indem Sie eine Ansteckung Ihrer Mitmenschen und somit neue Grippefälle vermeiden. Dazu ist es wichtig, dass Sie:

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    Zika virus infection is a mild febrile viral illness transmitted by mosquitoes. The mosquitoes that are able to transmit Zika virus are not normally found in New Zealand.

    The following information on Zika virus infection is provided as it is an emerging disease.

    • 24 July 2017: We’ve updated the sections about Zika virus, Zika virus and pregnancy, sexual transmission of Zika virus, symptoms of Zika virus infection and laboratory testing.
    • 1 August 2016: We’ve added a page on Monitoring Zika virus in New Zealand.
    • 28 July 2016: We’ve updated the sections about Zika virus,Zika virus and pregnancy (in particular our advice for women who are planning to become pregnant soon after returning from Zika affected areas), symptoms of Zika virus infection, further information and laboratory testing. The interim guidance information for LMCs (midwives), GPs and other health professionals dealing with Zika virus in pregnancy has been similarly updated.
    • 4 July 2016: We've updated our advice for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant on travelling to Zika-affected areas.
    • 14 April 2016: We've released a new fact sheet for the public, talking about what we do and do not know about Zika virus at this stage.

    Zika virus is a flavivirus, closely related to dengue. Cases of Zika virus have previously been reported in Africa, southern Asia and the Pacific Islands. In 2015 and 2016, Zika virus outbreaks have spread throughout the tropical and sub-tropical areas of the western hemisphere, as far north as Mexico, Florida and Puerto Rico.

    Because Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses are transmitted by mosquitoes mostly active during daytime, it's important that all travelers visiting affected areas continue to take protective measures to prevent mosquito bites throughout the day.

    Zika virus infection is symptomatic in only about 1 out of every 5 cases. When symptomatic, Zika infection usually presents as an influenza-like syndrome, often mistaken for other arboviral infections like dengue or chikungunya.

    New Zealand currently has 15 mosquito species. The mosquito species (Aedes sp.) that are able to spread Zika virus are not normally found in New Zealand however they are found in many other countries around the world.

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    Left untreated, problems with malabsorption (like iron deficiency, bone density loss or chronic dehydration) can arise. Further neglect can lead to anaemia and even osteoporosis. To find out for sure whether you have dairy intolerance use the Journal Method - as used in the Healing Program.

    Do you eat Dairy foods "to make sure you get enough calcium?". Marketing for Dairy foods certainly uses this a major motivator.

    Milk derivatives like “milk solids” and “whey powder” can make food taste good and do contain some calcium. However the calcium found in dairy foods is in the wrong form which for easy absorption by the body. That’s why so many serves must be eaten. Haven't you ever wondered why they tell us we need "three serves a day" - equal to 21 serves a week to fetch enough calcium for our needs?

    • Is it because dairy foods don't actually deliver a whwole lot of usable calcium? If it was a great source we would only need a little.

    This much dairy food in a week means that all the other dairy components like cholesterol, fat and lactose are being absorbed at the same time. To reduce fats people then switch to low fat varieties.

    The trouble is - doing this delivers lactose in much larger amounts: skim milk and low fat milk products are usually supplemented with additional milk solids, sugars and other derivatives to give them substance and make them taste better.

    You may have been advised to switch to low-fat milk to reduce cholesterol. But with much higher levels of lactose – this can bring on severe diarrhea and other gastro-intestinal symptoms. If you have noticed that - then you have dairy intolerance.

    Many people in western developed countries eat all types of foods indiscriminately and may have come to accept chronic flatulence, constipation and bloating as 'normal'. However these Irritable bowel symptoms are not normal and can lead to disease.

    Compared to milk - there are many other sources of calcium from foods: green leafy vegetables and fish with bones like canned salmon and white bait - none of which cause symptoms.

    For many thousands of years there has never been any milk or Dairy food in the traditional Chinese diet. So - according to the "three serves of dairy a day" rule - shouldn't all those Chinese be suffering from osteoporotic broken hips?