Flu Symptoms 2011: In Depth

Flu is something that that is imminent every year and seems to be widespread all around. With the peak season around, many of us tend to understand more on the flu symptoms 2011 for that would help in diagnosing the problem with ease.

Diagnosing Flu

The most common 2011 Flu symptoms have been adjudged to be fever, sore throat, cough, cold, fatigue, runny nose, headaches, chills and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.

While the above have been the common symptoms, some might also suffer from muscle aches. Additionally, there might also be cases that have just respiratory symptoms showing up without a fever too.

Very often, it is tough to distinguish common cold and flu. The biggest difference between the two is the fact that the flu develops very quickly in around 1-4 days since you come in contact with the flu virus and is associated with severe sneezing and coughing. While colds are milder, they do not end up in consequences like bacterial infections, pneumonia and other serious medical conditions.

Rapid influenza diagnostic tests are generally done to detect flu. Though they can offer results in 30 minute time frames, they are not that reliable in all cases. A person who tests negative might also have a flu infection and the diagnosis is mostly done with the aid of symptoms that are shown up.

In case of children the flu symptoms 2011 can be any of the following too

  • A severe and prolonged rise in body temperature
  • Change of skin color to bluish grey
  • Moodiness and absence of interaction
  • Reduction in the amount of fluid intake
  • Declension of existing medical conditions
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Slight improvement in flu symptoms relapsing with worsening signs
  • Hypothermia. This is often a drip in the temperature of the body

2010-2011 Seasonal Flu Vaccine

The composition of the seasonal flu vaccine for this year constitute the following viruses

  • B/Brisbane/60/2008–like virus
  • H1N1
  • H3N2

Latest Recommendations

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that anyone above 6 months of age need to get the flu vaccine this year. While CDC recommends getting vaccine just once this year, it emphasizes on getting 2 doses that are spaced 4 weeks apart in cases of children that are 6 months to 8 years old and who have never received flu vaccine .

For people who are 65 years and above, CDC recommends that they make a choice between any of the licenced inactivated virus vaccines and this might also include Fluzone High-Dose, a relatively new vaccine meant for the aged!

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