Influenza B and how to deal with it
Influenza B is a virus that can occur at any time of the year and this virus can only be passed by humans. There are some similarities between influenza A and B symptoms but there are a couple of marked differences such as the influenza A virus can be passed from birds and normally influenza A symptoms will affect people early in the winter season.
Early symptoms of influenza B include a fever that can reach 106º very quickly. The symptoms of this type of influenza tend to be less aggressive in comparison to influenza A symptoms. Along with the fever the patient may also experience fatigue and aches and pains in the body.
It has also been reported by patients that once the fever begins to reduce this is when the respiratory symptoms begin. The respiratory symptoms are suffering from a runny nose or the complete opposite feeling as if the nose is stuffed up. Other symptoms are a sore throat and a cough that may get worse over a period of time. For some patients it may develop into pneumonia or bronchitis if the symptoms do not get treated. Most of the symptoms of influenza B normally go away within 7 days. But the cough symptoms can linger for a number of weeks.
There are some people who associate influenza B as stomach flu. It is still the same virus that is causing the infection but for some patients the symptoms of this flu affect the stomach. These symptoms can include loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. It is important if you are experiencing these symptoms that you try and drink as much fluid as you can. This is essential to prevent you from becoming dehydrated.
It is important to take part in the annual flu vaccine programme as it may help to reduce the chance of catching an influenza virus. The flu vaccine that is given before the start of the flu season is normally made from a combination of strains of the flu virus and may help in protecting you from catching the flu. It is important to get the flu vaccine every year as the vaccine normally only lasts for up to a year and the strains of the virus can change as well.
The flu vaccine is particularly necessary in people who are considered at a high risk and they should always get this vaccine. People who have chronic health conditions and who may become extremely ill from the influenza viruses should receive the vaccine. Health workers should also take part in the annual flu vaccine programme as they will more than likely be exposed to the virus.
If you do become ill with the symptoms of influenza B try and keep away from others as it may help to reduce the infection being passed on. Because this is an airborne virus it is really important to cover your mouth when sneezing and coughing.