The flu is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by different strains of the influenza virus. It is estimated that nearly five to twenty per cent of the US population comes down with the flu every year.
Common flu symptoms include high fever, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, chills, headaches, fatigue, and nausea. The flu itself is seldom life-threatening, but the danger looms when complications like pneumonia develop.
The best way to avoid the flu altogether is to receive the flu vaccine from an Eagle River urgent care center every year. The results of a new medical study suggest that flu vaccination is particularly important for certain people. According to the report from Alaska Public Media, Alaskan natives are likely to be more vulnerable to bird flu and other strains of influenza than other people:
“Since the first break-out of H7N9 in China early last year, 150 people have been infected…
Although there does not currently appear to be a sustainable person-to-person transmission of H7N9, scientists and health officials worry that will eventually happen with further mutations of the virus. That potential person-to-person transmission is what worries researchers like Katherine Kedzierska, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and laboratory group head at the University of Melbourne in Australia. She was also senior author of the study that was published last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that examined possible pre-existing cellular immunity among various human ethnic groups
Kedzierska said indigenous populations in Alaska and Australia have been relatively isolated and have not had the exposure to various influenza viruses that were identified as circulating in Greece as early as two millennia ago.”
With that in mind, Alaska residents should take the time to get vaccinated for the flu at a reputable urgent care Eagle River, AK offers such as Primary Care Associates. Every so often, new strains appear, such as the H1N1, also known as the swine flu, some more virulent than others. It’s important to get the vaccine shots that cover the strains that have infiltrated in your area.
(Source: Alaskan, Australian Natives May be Vulnerable To Bird Flu; Alaska Public Media; January 22, 2014)