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PAGE 10 - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - JANUARY 20, 2000. Needed Information About Influenza BASIC INFORMATION DESCRIPTION A common, contagious respirato- ry infection caused by a virus. Incubation after exposure is 24 to 48 hours. There are three main types of influenza (A, B, C), but they have the ability to mutate into different forms. Outbreaks of differ- ent forms occur almost every win- ter with varying degrees of severi- ty. Influenza affects both sexes and all ages except infants. FREQUENT SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS • Chills and moderate to high fever • Muscle aches, including back- ache. • Cough, usually with or no spu- tum. • Sore throat • Hoarseness. * Runny nose • Headache • Fatigue. CAUSES Infection by viruses of the myx- ovirus class, The viruses spread by personal contact or indirect con- tact. (use of a contaminated drink- ing glass). RISK INCREASES WITH • Stress • Excessive fatigue. • Poor nutrition. • Recent illness that has lowered resistance. • Chronic illness, especially chron- ic lung or heart disease. • Pregnancy (3 'd trimester). • Students. • People in semi-closed environ- ments. • "lmmunosuppression from drugs or illness. • Crowded place during an epi- demic. PREVENTION METHODS • Avoid risks listed above, • Have a yearly influenza vaccine injection if you are over age 65 or have chronic heart or lung disease. The vaccine only protects against two or three specific strains of influenza A. • Avoid unnecessary contact with persons who have upperrespirato- ry infections during the flue sea- son (winter). • Use of drug amantadine for high- risk persons (that have not been vaccinated) or need additional con- trol measures. EXPECTED OUTCOME Spontaneous recovery 7 to 14 days if no complications occur. If com- plications arise, treatment with antibiotics is usually necessary, and recovery may take 3 to 6 weeks. POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS Bacterial infections, including bron- chitis or pneumonia. These can be especially dangerous for chronical- ly ill persons or those over age 65. TREATMENT GENERAL MEASURES • Laboratory studies, such as blood tests and sputum culture; X-ray s of the chest (only for complications). • To relieve nasal congestion, use salt-water drops (1 teaspoon of salt to 1 quart of water) • To relieve a sore throat, gargle often with warm or cold, double- strength tea or salt water. • Use a cool-mist humidifier to increase air moisture. This thins lung secretions so they can be coughed up more easily. Don't put medicine in the humidifier, it does not help. Clean humidifier daily, • To avoid spreading germs to oth- ers, wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose or before handling food. • Use warm compresses or heat- ing pad for aching muscles. MEDICATION • For minor discomfort, you may use non-prescription drugs, such as acetaminophen, cough syrups, nasal sprays or decongestants. • Do not take aspirin. Some research shows a link between the use of aspirin (especially in chil- dren) during a virus illness and the development of Reye's syndrome (a type of encephalitis). • An antiviral drug, amantadine, for seriously ill persons or for those at greatest risk from complications may be prescribed. ACTIVITY Rest is the best medicine. If you are in good general health, rest helps your body fight the virus. DIET • Appetite is usually lacking. You may just want liquids at first, then progress to'small meals of bland starchy foods (dry toast, rice, pud- ding, cooked cereal, backed pota- toes). • Drink at least 8 glasses a day (especially if you have a high fever). Extra fluids, including fruit juice, tea and noncarbonated drinks, also help thin lung secretions. NOnFY YOUR DOCTOR IF... • You or a family member has symp- toms of influenza. • The following occur during treat- ment. Increased fever or cough. Blood in the sputum. Earache. Shortness of breath or chest pain. Thick discharge from the nose, sinuses or ears. Sinus pain. Neck pain or stiffness. • New, unexplained symptoms develop. Drugs in treatment may produce side effects. Frances Robinson/Staff SPELLING BEE WINNERS - The Hogansville Elementary School Fourth Grade participated in a "Spelling Bee" recently. The contestants received diplomas and the winners received gifts. Pictured above with HES Assistant Principal Jody Hale are the winners with their prizes, April McClung (left) First Place speller and Trey Lowe (right) Second Place speller. Congratulations to these bright young students for practicing their spelling and holding up under the pressure of the com- petition! 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