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Influenza should be avoided if possible

Signs abound inviting folks to get their flu shots. It is the flu season and many people are concerned about that disease this time of year. I suppose many individuals have contracted the flu sometime in their life and can attest to the misery that it produces. There are a number of symptoms: fever; respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose; headaches, muscle aches and often extreme fatigue.
Influenza, often called “the flu” is caused by viruses that infect the respiratory tract. The flu commonly causes more severe illness than the common cold. Both are caused by viruses. The flu virus is classed as an acute virus which means it is fast acting following exposure to the disease. I was reading recently an article about the flu and although I wasn’t around at the time, 1918 was a year that the flu ran rampant, so much so that it was called a pandemic from the Greek word pandemos (pan meaning all and demos meaning people).
Both Greek words together translate to “pertaining to all people.” When I read about or hear about the flu pandemic of 1918, I am reminded that my uncle (my father’s brother) lost his first wife to the disease in that year. In earlier years influenza was often deadly as there were little to nothing to treat it. I have been told that my paternal grandfather passed away as a result of contracting the flu. He died in 1907, long before my birth. I understand that in earlier days it wasn’t unusual for entire families to come down with that dreaded disease. That was what happened when my grandfather passed away. He was the only one in the family that didn’t survive.
I looked up the difference between a pandemic and epidemic and found an epidemic covers a much less geographical area than a pandemic.
A pandemic generally infects more people than an epidemic. In the pandemic of 1918, the disease infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide. In 1918, between 10 million and 20 million people died as a result of the disease. More than 25 percent of the United States population became sick.
Some 675,000 Americans reportedly died during the pandemic.
Anyway, about two weeks ago I took the flu shot as well as the pneumonia shot. I sure don’t want to catch the flu.