known as flu,
is the clinical condition that results from infection with influenza
The main effects of the influenza viruses are on the upper respiratory
tract, the nose and throat, with possible spread and involvement of the
lungs and bronchi.
The disease is
and it has potential to cause wide spread epidemics affecting sizeable
portion of a population at any time. Although it is more common during
winter it may strike at any time. It affects people of al ages.
It usually begins with a chill, fever, headache and severe muscular
The patient feels miserable and weak. There is an inflammation in the
and throat, which may spread down the windpipe to the lungs, resulting
in a sore throat, cough, running of the nose and eyes. In milder case
influenza the temperature rises to 102oF and lasts for two or three
In severe cases, it may go up to 104oF and last for four or five days.
The consequent weakness and fatigue may continue for several weeks.
may be followed by a deep chest cough due to irritation in the windpipe.
Influenza is what is
as germ disease. It is not caused primarily by the action of the germs
as is generally believed, but develops due to a toxic and run-down
of the system of the affected person. This condition is brought about
dietetic errors and a faulty style of living such as worry, over work,
lack of proper exercise, living in stuffy rooms and keeping late hours.
No disease germs can find lodgment and become active in the system of a
person who is perfectly healthy in the true sense of the term.
is passed on with ease from one affected person to another especially
those who are also in an equally low vital stage. That is how an