Myths about the flu are everywhere. According to many experts, misconceptions and rumors about the flu are as hard to contain and as hard to fight as the virus itself. Unfortunately, flu myths are common even among the people who should know better, like health care workers. Given that influenza can be serious and even fatal, it’s crucial that we all know what’s fact and what’s fable.
Natural Health News The common belief is that the flu brings recognisable symptoms such as fever, aches and pains as well as congestion, wheezing and coughing.
But a new UK study has shown that more than 75% of people who had seasonal influenza during recent years did not experience any symptoms at all.
Researchers for the study collected data for influenza during winter seasons in England between 2006 and 2011, which included the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009.
Flu symptoms getting milder
Analysis of the data, which was published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, turned up some interesting findings For instance, the researchers team found that only around 18% of those who did not get a flu shot became infected with a flu virus. Among these only 23% developed any symptoms of the flu.
Likewise, only around 17% of people infected with the flu virus went on to develop symptoms severe enough to …
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