An adult can begin spreading the flu virus one day before and three to seven days after symptoms show, and children can remain contagious even longer. Some infected individuals show no symptoms, yet they can still spread the virus to others.
The flu is sometimes confused with the common cold, and for good reason. Both are respiratory illnesses brought on by viruses. They share many of the same symptoms, and it is nearly impossible to make the distinction based on the variety of symptoms alone.
Flu symptoms, however, are generally more intense, especially fever and fatigue, and can lead to dangerous complications.
The thing about vaccines is that they won’t help most of us so this isn’t about a cure or medicine if you catch this flu.
Gibbs said “the president’s health was never in any danger,” when asked about reports that Obama’s host on a museum tour in Mexico City died the next day, and had flu-like symptoms. The flu has a 24-48 hour incubation period, he said and Obama left Mexico nine days ago and has not shown symptoms of the flu nor has he been seen by a doctor or received preventative treatment.
So be careful, wash your hands and if you have a flu illness don’t go and give it to others by going to crowded places.
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