Influenza treatments are primarily symptomatic. The doctor prescribes medications for fever and aches, possibly a drug to clear the nose, an anti-cough for a dry cough, painful ... It also gives advice to avoid the risk of dehydration (especially in the very young children and the elderly). Antibiotics are not prescribed unless there is really superinfection, such as otitis often in children.
There are drugs against the flu virus. They can be taken in tablet or with an inhaler. In fact, they are rarely prescribed, because to be really effective, they must be taken within forty-eight hours of the first symptoms.
The flu is for many people (no problem) a disease that evolves this way: after a fever sometimes high for 3 to 4 days, the patient is cured in 6 to 7 days. But the flu can really get tired ...
Exceptionally, some influenza epidemics have been particularly dramatic because of significant changes in the genome of the virus and the virulence of the infectious agent: the Asian flu in 1899, the Spanish flu in 1918, the influenza of Hong Kong in 1969, bird flu in Korea in 2003.
The most important, especially for the frail, is a preventive treatment, represented mainly by the vaccine.
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