Influenza (flu) is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory system, the nose, throat, and lungs. This virus occurs most frequently during the winter and spring, considered the “flu season,” and spreads quickly from person to person. Influenza is commonly known as the flu, but it is not like stomach “flu” viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting.
For most people, the flu resolves on its own. However, sometimes the flu and its complications can be deadly. High, spontaneous fever, constant chills, and shortness of breath are common signs of the presence of the influenza virus. People at higher risk for complications from the flu include:
Children under 5 years of age, and especially those under 2 years of age
Adults over 65
Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
Pregnant women and women in a period of up to two weeks after delivery
People with weakened immune systems
People with chronic diseases, such as asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and diabetes
Very obese people, with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more
Although the annual flu vaccine is not 100 percent effective, it is still the best defense against the flu.
Initially, the flu can seem like a common cold with a runny nose, sneezing, and a sore throat. But colds usually come on slowly, while the flu tends to come on suddenly. And while a cold can be bothersome, the feeling is usually much worse with the flu.
Common signs and symptoms of the flu include:
Fever above 38 ° C
Chills and sweats
Dry and persistent cough
Fatigue and weakness
How can I tell difference between a common cold and the flu?
Many cold and flu symptoms are similar in that viruses cause them. However, flu symptoms often flare up and reach very high levels or quickly lead to severe complications. Flu symptoms can last two to three weeks. However, there are clear signs that the flu is getting worse, including high fever, chills, and shortness of breath.
If you think your illness is getting worse, go immediately to the nearest health unit.
Influenza (flu) viruses are spread through the air in tiny droplets when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes, or talks. You can inhale the drops directly, or you can come into contact with germs on an object, such as a phone or a computer keyboard, and then transfer them to your eyes, nose, or mouth.
People who carry the virus can infect others from a few days before the first symptoms appear in the carrier's body until about five days after they begin. After that, children and people with weakened immune systems can spread it for a slightly more extended period.
Influenza viruses are constantly changing, and new strains appear regularly. If you've had the flu before, your body has already made antibodies to fight that particular strain of the virus.
If the flu viruses are similar to those you've been exposed to before, either from having the illness or getting vaccinated, those antibodies can prevent infection and lessen its severity.
However, antibodies against flu viruses that you have been exposed to in the past may not protect you from new subtypes of influenza, as they can be very different immunologically from those you have had previously.
Some factors that can increase the risk of developing influenza or its complications are the following:
Age. Seasonal flu usually affects young children and older adults.
Living and working conditions. People who live or work in many residents, such as nursing homes or military barracks, are more likely to develop influenza.
Weakened immune system Cancer treatments, anti-rejection medications, corticosteroids, and HIV / AIDS can weaken your immune system. This can make it easier for you to get the flu and increase your risk of complications.
Chronic diseases. Chronic illnesses, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart problems, can increase the risk of complications from the flu.
Pregnancy. Pregnant women are more likely to develop complications from influenza, particularly in the second and third trimesters. In addition, women who are within two weeks of the postpartum period are more likely to have flu-related complications.
Obesity. People with a body mass index of 40 or more are at higher risk for complications from the flu.
If you are young and healthy, seasonal flu is usually not severe. Although you may feel miserable as it develops, the flu usually clears up within a week or two with no permanent effects. However, children and high-risk adults can develop complications such as the following:
Pneumonia is the most severe complication. For older adults and people with chronic illnesses, pneumonia can be deadly.
At BlueNetHospitals, we recommend annual flu vaccination for everyone from 6 months of age.
Each year's seasonal flu vaccine provides protection against the three or four flu viruses that are expected to be most prevalent during that year's flu season. This year, the vaccine will be available as an injection.
Most types of flu vaccines contain a small amount of egg protein. If you have a mild allergy to eggs, for example, you only get hives if you eat eggs; you can get the flu shot without any extra precautions.
If you have a severe allergy to eggs, you should get vaccinated in a medical setting and be supervised by a doctor who can recognize and control severe allergic disorders.
Control the spread of contagion
The flu vaccine is not 100% effective; Therefore, it is also important that you take steps such as the following to reduce the spread of contagion:
Wash your hands. Rigorous and frequent hand washing is an effective way to prevent many common infections. Or, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers if soap and water are not readily available.
Hold your cough and sneeze. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. To avoid contamination of your hands, cough and sneeze into a tissue or the inner crease of your elbow.
Avoid the crowds. The flu is easily spread when people gather in child care centers, schools, offices, auditoriums, and public transportation. By avoiding crowds during peak flu season, you reduce the chances of contagion. If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone to reduce your chances of spreading it to others.
When to see a doctor?
Most people who get the flu can be treated at home and often do not need to see a doctor.
If you have flu symptoms and if there is a risk of complications, see your doctor immediately. Taking antiviral medications within the first 48 hours after you first notice symptoms can shorten the duration of the illness and help prevent more severe problems.
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Personal in Possession of the Individuals are all those related to the health of the person (clinical history, habits, way of life, among others), which will be kept under the strictest confidentiality and may not be used other than those mentioned above unless there is a change in this Privacy Notice. For the collection of personal data, we follow all the principles established by the Law such as legality, quality, consent, information, purpose, loyalty, proportionality, and responsibility.
We also inform you that your personal data may be transferred and processed in and outside the country, by persons other than this company. In this sense, your information may be shared with a person or family authorized by the patient, health professionals for health reasons, insurance companies legally constituted and authorized by Mexican and foreign laws, judicial authorities (provided there is a court order) and authorities and / or entities of the public health system, for scientific, statistical or general interest reasons indicated by law.
Once the purpose of the processing of the personal data is fulfilled, these will be blocked for the sole purpose of determining possible responsibilities in relation to their treatment, until the legal or contractual limitation period thereof. During this period, personal data may not be processed and once it has elapsed, it will be canceled in the corresponding database. If you do not express your opposition to your personal data being transferred, it will be considered that you have given your consent for it.
You have the right to access, rectify and cancel your personal data, as well as to oppose the treatment thereof or to revoke the consent that you have given us for this purpose, through the procedures we have implemented: To activate said procedures, please submit a written request (request to exercise ARCO Rights) addressed to the Medical Directorate and/or Operations Directorate and containing the following information:
Name of holder
Address of the holder or electronic address to communicate request-response
Documents proving the Identity or authorization to represent you in the application
Description of personal data on which it is intended to exercise any ARCO right
Any other element that allows the localization of personal data and/or attention to the request
Autograph signature of the holder.
The document must be presented at the following address: at Carretera Federal Libre Transpeninsular CSL-SJD Cabo Bello, telephone - 624-104-3911, postal code - 23455 in the municipality of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico with Dr. Raúl Leopoldo Rivas Maldonado and/or Dr. José Ramón García Vinay from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 14:00 hrs. A period of 15 days is stipulated to receive the answer to your request. If you have any questions or comments, you can contact our personal data department.
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We will not be liable if you do not receive the notification of a change in the Privacy Notice, in cases of having a problem with your email account or Internet data transmission.
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What is personal data? It is any information related to you, for example, your name, telephone, address, photograph, or fingerprints, as well as any information for your identification.
What is sensitive personal data? It is the data that, if unduly disclosed, would affect the most intimate sphere of the human being; for example origin, health status, genetic information, sexual preferences, religious, philosophical, moral beliefs, union affiliation, political opinion, among others.
How do we guarantee the protection of your data?
Appointing a responsible person in charge who will attend your requests for access, rectification, cancellation, and opposition of your personal data.
With the necessary security measures to guarantee your data against misuse or illicit use, unauthorized access, or against the loss, alteration, theft, or modification of your personal information.
Informing you about how it will be used for your information.
What are the guiding principles of personal data protection? They are a series of minimum rules that should be observed by private entities that process personal data (individuals or corporations), ensuring the proper use of personal information. These principles are:
Principle of Lawfulness: It refers to the commitment to be made by private entities (individuals or corporations) that process your information when requesting the provision of a service, respecting at all times the trust that is given to them for the proper use of your data.
Principle of Consent: For private authorities to which the information is granted, it implies the duty to request express and written authorization so that the information can be processed.
Quality Principle: Refers to the fact that the personal data held by individuals must be up-to-date and true; that is used to fulfill the purposes that justified their treatment.
Principle of Information: Refers to the right granted by the Law to know the main characteristics of the treatment of your personal data prior to sharing them; and this is contained in the "Privacy Notice".
Principle of Proportionality: Companies can only collect data that is strictly necessary and essential to meet the objective.
Principle of Responsibility: Private entities (whether individuals or corporations) and those who comprise them, who handle personal data, must ensure that, whether inside or outside our country, the essential principles of personal data protection are complied with, committing to always ensure compliance with these principles and to be held accountable in the event of non-compliance.
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Right of Access: It is the right granted by law to request the private entity to inform you if any of your personal data exists in its database.
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Right of Cancellation: It is the right that the Law grants you to request the cancellation of your data from the bases of a private entity; and therefore these must be blocked and subsequently deleted from the databases. It is only appropriate when personal information is no longer necessary for activities related to the private entity that has them in its databases.
Opposition Right: It is the right that the Law grants to request the private entity that plans to carry out the treatment of your personal data to refrain from doing so in certain situations.