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Influenza A (flu)

Description

​Influenza A is an infection virus that affects the respiratory system.

 It is spread from person to person in the same way that seasonal flu is spread.  Individuals are infected when they breathe in droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.   

Before treating your condition, your doctor will need to check for the influenza virus. The most commonly used test is the rapid influenza diagnostics test. In this procedure, your doctor swabs your nose or throat. 

The test will detect virus antigens within 30 minutes or less. In some cases, influenza A symptoms can clear on their own with ample rest and fluid intake. 

In other cases, your doctor may prescribe you antiviral medication to fight the infection.


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