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A doctor visits the patient and takes a little liquid from the nose and throat with a special swab. The test is completed in 10 minutes.
The INFLUENZA A/B test distinguishes between the influenza A virus (which includes the H1N1 strain) and the B virus. It is one of the best and most reliable rapid diagnostic tools (rapid tests) available, as its “specificity” is very high (95%) and its “sensitivity” is also very high (84.4%).
It is certified both nationally (EOF) and European level (CE), and has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) of the USA.
What is the importance of the flu test?
The test helps us distinguish the flu (which needs special treatment) from the common cold (which is caused by various other viruses and does not need treatment).
The reason we treat influenza is that it often affects people extremely severely, can cause extensive pneumonia in both lungs, and rarely can even cause death in young people. Every year, many people, even young people, die from the flu. Typical is the 1918 flu pandemic that claimed the lives of more than 18 million people worldwide.
How does the flu manifest itself?
Symptoms of the flu include high fever, malaise, bone pain, headache, sneezing, runny nose and cough. It is very easily transmitted by saliva and droplets emitted by talking, coughing and sneezing. Cold temperatures and synchronism in closed spaces favor transmission. Sufferers are usually contagious from the moment they show symptoms for 5-7 days. However, one can also contract the disease through contaminated surfaces, if he touches them with his hand and then brings his hand to his face and mouth.
Complications and high-risk individuals
Influenza usually has a smooth course without complications, ranging from a simple virus with ten to a severe virus with high fever and passes in 2-4 days.
But sometimes it presents complications, the most serious of which is pneumonia. Other complications are exacerbation of asthma or chronic bronchitis, worsening of heart failure or diabetes mellitus.
People at high risk are those older than 60 years, sufferers of asthma, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obese, pregnant, immunosuppressed, transplant recipients, kidney patients, sufferers of neurological and neuromuscular diseases and sickle cell disease.
It is the only effective way to protect yourself from the flu. Vaccination must be done once a year, during the months of October-November, and is absolutely recommended for people who belong to the above-mentioned high-risk groups, as well as for health professionals and people who come into frequent contact with a large number of people and share in closed spaces (teachers, soldiers, etc.) and people in contact with vulnerable groups (doctors and paramedical staff and nursing home staff). The protection derived from the development of antibodies against the influenza virus peaks at 2 weeks after vaccination.
Can someone who has had the vaccine get sick?
Of course. The protection provided by the vaccine ranges from 70% to 90%. This means that 10-30% of vaccinated people may get the flu. Nevertheless, those who get sick having previously been vaccinated, get sick more lightly and thus reduce the possibility of needing admission to hospital.
The influenza virus is surrounded by a coat of two proteins, hemagglutinin and neuraminidase, which are necessary for the virus to attach to host cells and then break them apart to enter other cells.
The drug on the market is oseltamivir, which inhibits neuraminidase. Thus, the influenza virus is prevented from continuing its life cycle, with the result that the illness lasts fewer days, its course is milder and the risk of complications is lower. It is enough that the diagnosis is made in time and the treatment begins within the first or second 24 hours.
Antibiotics have no place in the flu and common cold. These prevent the formation of a “wall” by the microbes. Germs are much larger microorganisms than viruses and are surrounded by a thick wall, like the shell of walnuts. Antibiotics interfere by blocking the formation of this wall and thus the “newborn” microbes cannot mature and multiply. But since viruses do not form a wall, it goes without saying that antibiotics have no place in viruses. They are given by a doctor on a case-by-case basis, when a microbial complication is established or suspected.
Other drugs given in flu and severe cases of the common cold are antipyretics and usually paracetamol in a dose of 1000 mg for adults at a frequency of 2-4 times per 24 hours. It is good to avoid preparations that have a lower dose of paracetamol (300 mg) and contain other vasoactive substances to decongest the nasal mucosa, unless these symptoms are particularly bothersome, in which case one can sparingly take 1 such tablet at night to sleep more comfortable.
Rarely, anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen and cyclooxygenase 2 inhibitors may be needed.
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