Influenza (Deadly Diseases and Epidemics) by Donald Emmeluth

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In the Un i ted States, the Cen ters for Disease Con trol and Preven ti on (CDC ) , the Food and Drug Ad m i n i s tra ti on (FDA ) , the Na ti on a l Institutes of Health (NIH), and various groups such as the Am erican Lung As s ociation (ALA) have issu ed guidelines as to who should and should not receive the annual vaccine. The Public Health Servi ces of co u n tries su ch as England, Austra l i a , New Zealand, Germany, and Sweden, to name only a few, are also in agreement with the United States organizations.

NLV seems to cause a common gut infection in England, with as many as one million cases each year. Outbreaks occur in places where people are closely confined and in constant contact with each other, such as schools or hospitals. Military personnel working in close quarters during wartime are also prime candidates. Many cases occurred during the Gulf War (1990 –1991). NLV is seldom dangerous, but unfortunately it is always unpleasant. Diarrhea and explosive fits of vomiting may last from 24 to 48 hours.

Sneezes are powerful because the muscles of the face, throat, and chest are all involved. n Sneezes occur because nerve endings of the mucous membranes in the nose become irritated. The irritants may be dust, insects, bacteria, viruses, or almost any sort of foreign object. Even light may trigger an attack of sneezing. 2 What does a sneeze look like in slow motion? This kinetograph, produced by one of Thomas Edison’s assistants, shows the progress of a sneeze. 57 07CHp52_63 58 2/15/08 8:16 AM Page 58 INFLUENZA VACCINATION — WHO SHOULD BE VACCINATED?

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