You have the flu this year again. This is evident by a runny nose, stuffy nose, headaches, nausea, fever, headaches, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, fatigue, sore throat, and sore throat.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses. Although the flu is generally considered to be harmless, over 200,000 Americans are admitted each year to hospital with complications from the flu. Flu-related complications are responsible for 36,000 deaths annually in the United States.

The recent outbreak of H1N1 flu or swine influenza has all of us concerned. To avoid swineflu, you should wash your hands, use a tissue to cover your mouth when you sneeze, and stay away from people who are sick.

You can also opt to be vaccinated against flu viruses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends an annual flu vaccine. They say that pregnant women, seniors, and people with chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma, or diabetes, should get vaccinated.

You should stay home if you get the flu. Drink plenty of fluids and use over-the-counter medications to ease your symptoms. The flu virus can be fought off by most people’s immune system.

Living conditions play a significant role in maintaining a healthy immune response. Although most Westerners are able to survive influenza, it can be deadly in third-world nations. Consider Africa. Many people don’t have access to the flu vaccines or running water. Insufficient nutrition can make your immune system more vulnerable. If someone becomes seriously ill, they may not be able to access healthcare. Ethiopia, with its 80 million inhabitants, has two hospitals that specialize in treating flu.

Non-profit organizations do their best to improve the situation. Bread and Water for Africa, an affiliated charity of Christian Relief Services, is dedicated to improving the quality of African lives by providing resources, education, and healthcare. The charity runs a women’s health clinic in Sierra Leone as well as an infant nutrition program, among other lifesaving initiatives across Africa, including Ethiopia.

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