Featured Flu Articles
Descriptions of Featured Flu Articles
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 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.
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.
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.
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 flu shot contains inactive viruses currently in circulation and those that are expected to circulate. This eMedTV page explains who should get a shot, where it can be obtained, and potential side effects, and also describes the new nasal vaccine.
Sore throat, fever, and chills are a few common symptoms of the flu. This eMedTV segment explains flu symptoms in detail, including potential complications in adults, teenagers, and children.
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.
Avian (Bird) Flu
Avian (bird) flu is caused by influenza viruses that occur naturally in certain types of birds. This page in the eMedTV library discusses this strain of flu in detail, including symptoms, transmission methods, and possible vaccines.
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.
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.
Avian Flu Symptoms
Cough, fever, sore throat, and upper respiratory distress are possible signs of avian flu. This page of the eMedTV archives describes possible avian flu symptoms in both birds and humans, from the mild to the potentially life-threatening ones.
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.
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.
An influenza pandemic differs from a seasonal outbreak of the flu. This eMedTV article takes a look at some of the flu pandemics throughout history and talks about whether another one is likely in the near future.
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.
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.
Tamiflu Side Effects
Common side effects with Tamiflu can include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. This portion of the eMedTV library describes several side effects that can occur in children and adults who are taking the drug. Most side effects of this medication are mild.
The dog flu is caused by a strain of the influenza virus that first appeared in horses. As this eMedTV article explains, symptoms of the disease include cough and fever, and the prognosis is generally favorable with appropriate treatment.