How is Influenza Transmitted?

You may be wondering how is influenza transmitted and is the flu contagious? The cause of influenza is a virus. When a person with the flu coughs or sneezes, tiny droplets of the virus are sprayed into the air. If you inhale those droplets, you can catch the flu. If a person with the flu coughs or sneezes on a common surface, like a telephone or doorknob, and you touch that surface and then touch your mouth or nose, you can also catch the flu. So the answer to the question is the flu contagious, is yes, very contagious!

When is a sick person contagious? A person with the flu is actually contagious from about 24 hours before they even develop symptoms until their symptoms have resolved (usually about a week for adults, maybe a little longer for kids).

Now that we understand how is influenza transmitted, we can take steps to prevent it. One of the best things you can do is to keep your distance from people who are sick. Of course, that's not always possible. Washing your hands frequently goes a long way toward preventing the cause of influenza. You can also wipe down common surfaces like phones and doorknobs with rubbing alcohol or bleach and water. People with the flu should cover their mouths and noses when they cough or sneeze, to avoid spreading the virus into the air.

Another way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot every year. Because the flu virus mutates, you need a new vaccine each year. Some people experience side effects from a flu shot, like muscle aches or a low-grade fever.

There is a homeopathic remedy called Instant Immunity that you can use to prevent getting the flu, as well. We'll take more about that under the Recommended Products section below.

If you understand how is influenza transmitted and take steps to prevent it, you may not need to worry about treatment. However, with the flu contagious, you can get sick even if you do take precautions.

Most people treat the flu by taking over-the-counter remedies. There are a number of flu remedies available, or you can just take Tylenol for fever, antihistamines for runny nose, and so on. These remedies don't cure the flu, they just address its symptoms to help you feel better. They might have side effects like drowsiness or insomnia.

There are also prescription medications you can take for the flu. These are antiviral medications. They help speed recovery by stopping the virus from replicating itself. You might still need to take some over-the-counter remedies to treat the symptoms. Doctors don't always prescribe antiviral medications because the flu will generally go away on its own without these medications. However, if you see a doctor for the flu, you might be given a prescription. You can ask your doctor for an antiviral prescription if you want one. These medications do have some potential side effects, which include nausea and vomiting, confusion and other mental status changes, skin reactions, and allergic reactions.

If you have the flu, remember how is influenza transmitted and take steps to avoid spreading it to others.

There are two homeopathic remedies that we recommend for flu season. Both of these products are natural remedies, so they contain only all-natural ingredients.

If you would like to get a flu vaccine, see your doctor mid-fall. Ask your doctor about how is influenza transmitted, how is the flu contagious, and how you can avoid getting sick. If you do get the flu, your symptoms will probably go away on their own without needing to see a doctor. However, if you have a very high fever, if you have trouble breathing, or if your symptoms last longer than a week, you should see a doctor. In rare cases, the flu can be very serious, even deadly, so see a doctor if you have any concerns.

If you have any questions about how is the flu contagious, please write to us.

More than how is influenza transmitted on our main type A flu page

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