Since the beginning of this month, severe influenza has spread in most Lebanese regions, amid information that many children have contracted it. A severe wave of influenza hits some villages for many reasons, the most important of which is the change in the weather to cold, mobile infection in schools and neglect in prevention.
While eyes were focused on the outbreak of “cholera”, the flu entered the line without asking permission to the various Lebanese regions, bypassing the Corona virus by far, to herald the return of the time of wearing the muzzle.
What are the main symptoms of seasonal influenza?
– A rise in body temperature from 38 to 40 degrees, and it may rise sometimes to reach 41 degrees, and the rise in temperatures is lower in adults.
Pain all over the body.
Muscle pain, especially in the back, arms, and legs.
Headache and fatigue.
– Sore throat.
Cough and runny nose.
The deputy and infectious disease specialist, Abd al-Rahman al-Bizri, considered that the people most at risk of contracting influenza are the elderly and those with pulmonary or chronic diseases, and those who suffer from weak immunity, calling on them to take the flu vaccine, because it relieves annoying and painful symptoms.
Although the symptoms of colds and seasonal flu are similar because they both affect the respiratory system, the virus that causes both diseases is different, and the difference between them is that the symptoms are more severe in seasonal flu, and its complications may lead to hospitalization, and this does not happen at all with colds. .
Prevention is the key!
Al-Bizri stressed the need to take preventive measures to limit the spread of seasonal influenza, especially among children, by wearing a mask, adhering to social distancing and maintaining personal hygiene.
The vaccine must also be obtained annually for all groups of 6 months of age and over, but there are groups that are more vulnerable to seasonal flu and its complications, and they should not neglect getting the vaccine, namely:
Pregnant women, 2 weeks after giving birth, Children from 6 months to 5 years, People 65 years and over, People with chronic diseases such as asthma, obesity, endocrine disorders, lung diseases, heart diseases, liver diseases, kidney diseases, and of course providers Health care doctors and nurses.
Influenza and “Corona” vaccines… Do they conflict?
Al-Bizri pointed out that the influenza and coronavirus vaccines do not conflict, as the two vaccines raise immunity against viruses. He stressed that the influenza vaccine can reduce the risk of any person being exposed to influenza and its complications, and following preventive methods helps protect against influenza and other respiratory diseases.
In addition, the WHO office for the Eastern Mediterranean region had previously warned that the current winter season may witness a strong return of influenza, coinciding with the announcement by the Ministry of Health in the United States of America of the spread of 3 respiratory viruses, namely influenza, corona and respiratory syncytial virus, and the British government’s announcement to impose Isolation of pet birds and poultry across England in response to outbreaks of avian influenza. Facts prompted the World Health Organization to fear that seasonal influenza would be the next pandemic for humanity.