Influenza is an acute viral infection that attacks the upper respiratory system. This includes the nose, throat, bronchi, and in more severe cases, the lungs. The disease occurs worldwide and spreads very quickly, especially in highly populated areas. According to the World Health Organization, seasonal influenza can infect up to 20% of the population. To help control the spread of influenza in the community, it is recommended to stay home and keep sick children at home until the fever has been gone for 24 hours. Those who are suffering from influenza should avoid being around other people while undergoing medical care. These simple, but important steps, can help to stem the spread of influenza.
Influenza is characterized by a sudden onset of high fever, cough, headache, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and/or a runny nose lasting 2 to 7 days. Influenza is usually mild and uncomplicated, so most people may recover without medical treatment. However, infections accompanying influenza may occasionally cause severe disease and death, particularly among the elderly, pregnant women, very young children, and persons with certain medical conditions (including chronic heart, lung, kidney, liver, blood and other metabolic diseases, or weakened immune systems).
For severe cases, influenza should be treated by a specialist once diagnosed by a doctor. Care.Wallet can be configured to help the patient and doctor stay in sync during the treatment. With ‘How Are You Feeling Today’ (HAYFT) Care.Card, the patient will be able to share their daily health status, changes, or any reactions to their treatment. This data will help the doctor monitor their treatment and provide recommendations to the patient. Care.Wallet can send automatic reminders to patients when it is time to take their medication, which is very important during the influenza treatment. Care.Wallet stores the patient’s history, which can help the doctor predict what the impact can be on that patient from influenza and avoid the complications arising from other chronic diseases or the patient’s existing condition.
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