Flu seasons are usually characterized by a combination of coughing and fever. The symptoms last for 2 to 3 days and may last for weeks for some people. Some people may develop pneumonia and other complications. While most people recover quickly from influenza, those with the condition should stay home to avoid the virus. The risk of getting pneumonia is higher during winter months. Infection with influenza increases during winter. This is the reason why the disease is also known as “seasonal” influenza.
The transmission of influenza to humans is possible only if an infected person coughs or sneezes. The infectious agent is spread through direct or indirect contact with respiratory secretions. Generally, this disease is transmitted to others by aerosol droplets. Infected persons are at a higher risk for complications due to influenza when they have underlying health conditions or a young age. For this reason, seasonal influenza should not be a problem for you and your family.
The severity of influenza depends on the type of virus and the immune system of the infected person. Although it is possible to contract influenza from wildfowl, the disease is transmitted through person-to-person contact. Small particles of the virus are expelled through the respiratory tract, where they replicate. The infected person can then transmit the influenza virus to another infected person. However, there are some cases when direct contact is possible and some people are at higher risk.