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The Influenza virus can strike at anytime of the year. However autumn and winter are the most active seasons for the flu virus. These are also the seasons when migratory birds bring with them an increased threat of avian bird flu. To learn more the influenza virus and the flu treatments available please click on the following titles.
The flu is a contagious virus that is spread from one person to another through tiny droplets that are released into the air when a person infected with the flu coughs or sneezes. Sometimes, people can become infected by touching their nose or mouth after touching something infected by the flu virus.
Everyone is at risk from the influenza virus. However, the chances of becoming infected with the influenza virus rise significantly at certain times of year and for certain sectors of society. Most healthy adults can infect others one day before they begin experiencing symptoms and up to five days after they become sick. That means you can pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.
Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May. A typical case of the flu can last up to one week, however the influenza virus can be a serious illness, particularly for mature populations aged 50 and older, and those with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma.
The flu is preventable and treatable with the antiviral medication Tamiflu - one of the best flu treatments on the market.
While a flu vaccination is your best chance to protect against the flu, it is also important to bear in mind that flu strains may vary from area to area. So if you get a strain of the flu that is not the same strain as the one your vaccination protects against, you may still get the flu.
If you think you might have the flu, but you're unsure, talk to your doctor about your symptoms and ask about Tamiflu, the number 1 doctor-prescribed flu medicine for adults and children aged 1 year and older. The Tamiflu flu treatment is only available by prescription from your doctor or through an online consultation service.
Remember, you have 12 to 48 hours from the time you first experienced symptoms to take Tamiflu.