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First of all… What is the flu? The flu is a highly contagious viral infection of

the respiratory passages causing fever, severe aching, and catarrh, and

often occurring in epidemics.

What causes the flu? There are different kinds of flu viruses.

There are a few definitions and clarifications that you might want to know

about. A virus is a tiny infectious particle. The viruses have to get inside

other living things to reproduce. Viruses are even found inside animals,

plants and other bacterias.

There are three types of viruses that cause the flu. There is influenza A, B,

and C.

Out of the three, C is the mildest and there is not a vaccination available for

this subdued virus. Influenza A and B are the causes for the dreaded flu

season every year. These viruses can be very serious in humans, as the flu

is very contagious.

If you come into contact with something that an infected person has

touched, usually after coughing or sneezing, it could spread.

You should disinfect doorknobs, remote controls, keyboards, telephones

and avoid people who may be infected.

The virus enters the body when your hands touch your eyes, mouth or


You may not even know you have the flu as the virus may live in your body

up to 24 hours before you start to feel the symptoms. You will still be

contagious however.

We suggest getting a flu shot for the upcoming flu season. Call Allied

Medical Centers and make an appointment for your FLU SHOT today!