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I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

Flu Info

Health, Info, Medical, Safety, Tips

Here are some key moments in Influenza History -

412 BC - Major epidemic of influenza recorded by Hippocrates

1781- Major epidemic causing high mortality among the elderly that spread across Russia from Asia

1830 - Major epidemic causing high mortality among the elderly that spread across Russia from Asia

1889-1890 - Major epidemic

1900 - Major epidemic

1918-1919 - Pandemic which killed 20-40 million people around the world; also known as the "Spanish influenza"

Late 1920s - Richard Shope showed that swine influenza could be transmitted through filtered mucous, implying that influenza is caused by a virus

1933 - Sir Christopher Andrewes, Wilson Smith, and Sir Patrick Laidlaw isolated the first human influenza virus

1940 - Frank Macfarlane Burnet grows influenza on a laboratory growth system (embryonated chicken eggs)

1941 - George K. Hirst discovered that influenza caused hemagglutination of red blood cells, thus providing a new method of assaying for the virus

1955 - Sir Christopher Andrewes, along with Burnet and Bang, coins the term "myxovirus" for the influenza family

1957 - Major antigenic shift causes the Asian influenza epidemic

1968 - Major antigenic shift causes the Hong Kong influenza epidemic

1976 - Swine Flu scare

1977 - Mild Russian influenza epidemic

1988 - Wiley, Wilson, and Skehel determine the location of the antigenic sites on the hemagglutinin molecule by X-ray crystallography


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Is It a Cold or the Flu?
Colds and flu are both highly contagious and, in the initial stages, a bad cold and a mild case of the flu might seem alike.  However, flu is a serious illness that can have life-threatening complications, unlike colds.  Check this table for a comparison of the symptoms for each illness.





Fever rare in adults and older children, but can be as high as 102° F in infants and small children usually 102° F, but can go up to 104° F and usually lasts 3 to 4 days
Headache rare sudden onset and can be severe
Muscle aches mild usual, and often severe
Tiredness and Weakness mild often extreme, and can last two or more weeks
Extreme exhaustion never sudden onset and can be severe
Runny nose often sometimes
Sneezing often sometimes
Sore throat often sometimes
Cough mild hacking cough usual, and can become severe

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