Tammy McNamara Grand Canyon University Concepts in Community and Public Health NRS-427V Sandra White
This paper will involve information about the Influenza virus. Symptoms, causes and treatments, as well as some demographics will be discussed in this paper. The discussion will also include how and what factors contribute to the influenza virus. Last but not least the role of the community public health nurses involvement with the prevention, detection, administration of vaccines and education within the community.
The Influenza virus is easily categorized as a very contagious respiratory virus caused by several types of influenza viruses that typically infect the nose, throat, and lungs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). Although, it can cause anywhere from mild to severe illnesses, especially in the immune-compromised and young with little immune systems built up. Symptoms of Influenza usually appear rapidly. Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches, and fatigue can be just a few of the main symptoms. Most transmission of the Influenza virus is typically through droplets. The droplets become airborne and can spread to surfaces or be inhaled into a person’s mouth and nose. Some health experts estimate that the Influenza virus droplets can projectile up to 6 feet away when someone is coughing or sneezing , (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). Once a person is infected with the influenza virus, some can suffer from different degrees of symptoms, depending on how healthy this person might be. The majority of the populous typically recover within a few days, to less than 2 weeks. With that being said, a small minority of people can suffer...
References: Maurer & Smith, 2009
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014
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