Flu Health Topics

Featured Conditions and Diseases
The avian flu, while rare in humans, is becoming endemic in Asia and Europe. This segment of the eMedTV Web site discusses the H5N1 strain of avian flu in birds and humans, including how it is transmitted and possible vaccines.
The flu, a highly contagious respiratory infection, causes cough and fever in people who have it. This eMedTV segment offers a detailed look at this illness, including who is most at risk from it and how outbreaks occur.
The 20th century has seen several instances of pandemic flu. This eMedTV page explains the difference between a pandemic and a typical outbreak of the flu. This article also talks about what to expect in the event of another pandemic.
Pharyngitis, or a sore throat, is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. This eMedTV Web article provides a complete overview of what causes this condition, how to diagnose it, and possible treatment options that are available.
Also called sinusitis, a sinus infection is a condition that can cause facial pain and nasal blockage. This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at this type of infection, including what causes it, how it is treated, possible symptoms, and more.
Featured Medications
Antiviral drugs, such as Tamiflu, can be used to prevent the flu. As this eMedTV page explains, these medications can also reduce the duration of flu symptoms. This article discusses antiviral medications, including uses, side effects, and precautions.
Flu shots, as this segment of the eMedTV archives explains, are based on both current and expected flu viruses. They do not cause the flu. Flu shots can be obtained at supermarkets, drugstores, and doctors' offices, among other places.
Flumadine is a prescription drug used for preventing and treating certain types of the flu. This eMedTV resource explains how the medicine works, describes its effects, and offers general dosing information.
Relenza is a prescription drug used for preventing and treating the flu virus. This eMedTV Web page provides an overview of this medicine, including information on how it works, possible side effects, and tips on when and how to use it.
Symmetrel is a prescription drug used to treat the flu, Parkinson's disease, and certain side effects. This eMedTV resource offers an overview of this medicine, including information on possible side effects, dosing guidelines, and general precautions.
Tamiflu is a prescription drug used to treat and prevent the flu. This eMedTV resource offers a general overview of this medication, including information on possible side effects and what to do if you miss a dose.
Featured Germs
The flu virus is not only highly contagious; it's also highly changeable. As this eMedTV segment points out, this helps it to spread quickly from person to person. This article explains the history of this virus, how it spreads, and more.
Featured Other
The 1918 flu caused the highest number of known flu deaths worldwide, estimated at 50 million to 100 million people. This eMedTV article includes information and statistics related to this flu and explores whether it could happen again.
Common symptoms of canine flu include fever, cough, and nasal discharge. This eMedTV article describes this disease in detail, including information on treatment and prevention. There are no reported cases of this flu in humans.
A pandemic is an infectious disease affecting a large portion of the population of a large region. This eMedTV article offers more information on the definition of this term and provides links to specific examples of this event throughout history.
The Spanish flu is estimated to have killed several million people worldwide. This eMedTV article examines this pandemic in more detail, including what caused it, when it occurred, and whether it is likely to re-emerge.
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