Investigating Influenza and Bird Flu

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-09-01
  • Publisher: Enslow Pub Inc

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You may have heard about influenza or strains of it like "bird flu" or "swine flu" in the news. But what exactly is influenza, and how do people get it? How can you tell if you have the flu or a cold? This book explains everything you need to know about the flu-including its history, treatments, and outlook For The future. A very current book about the latest pandemic threats and what scientists are doing to keep us safe.

Author Biography

Evelyn B. Kelly, PhD, is an educator with more than 37 years of experience at the high school and college levels. She has written widely on health, medical, and educational topics and contributed to six encyclopedias. Claire Wilson is an editor and writer with more than 20 years of experience in educational publishing. She is the senior content editor of the Encyclopedia of Alabama.

Table of Contents

What Is Influenza?p. 7
Introductionp. 9
Straight Talk About Influenzap. 10
What Is Influenza?p. 14
What Are the Symptoms of the Flu?p. 15
How Is Influenza Spread?p. 17
Who Is Most Susceptible?p. 19
What Are the Types of Influenza?p. 21
Avian Influenza: An Overviewp. 23
Where Does It Occur?p. 23
How Does Avian Influenza Spread?p. 24
Who Is Most Susceptible?p. 24
How Can It Be Treated?p. 26
The History of Influenzap. 29
Hippocrates and Influenzap. 30
Early Historic Pandemicsp. 31
Pandemics From 1700 to 1900p. 33
The 1918 Influenza Pandemicp. 33
Search for a Causep. 38
Pandemics, 1950 to the Presentp. 41
The Swine Flu Disasterp. 42
History of Avian Flup. 43
Avian Flu in the Mediap. 46
The Science of influenzap. 48
What Is a Virus?p. 49
How Viruses Workp. 51
How Influenza Viruses Workp. 53
How Do Viruses Evolve?p. 54
Influenza and the Human Bodyp. 57
How Does Influenza Outsmart the Immune System?p. 61
Preventing Influenzap. 65
Vaccinations for Preventionp. 67
How Are Influenza Vaccines Produced?p. 68
Who Should Get a Flu Shot?p. 71
Can Someone Who Is Vaccinated Still Get Influenza?p. 74
Vaccines and Avian Flup. 75
Vaccinating Birds?p. 75
Preventing Influenzap. 77
Diagnosis and Treatment of Influenzap. 85
Treating Influenzap. 87
Flu Look-Alikesp. 91
Antiviral Drugsp. 96
Alternative, or Complementary, Treatmentsp. 100
Outlook for the Futurep. 101
Working Toward Preventionp. 103
New Vaccines and Faster Productionp. 106
The FDA Approval Processp. 109
Sequencing the Influenza Genomep. 111
Bird Flu Vaccinep. 114
New Understanding of the Immune Systemp. 115
Public Health Issuesp. 117
Prescription for Survivalp. 120
New Threatsp. 121
Living With Influenzap. 123
An Individual Living With the Flup. 123
A Family Living With the Flup. 126
A Community Living With the Flup. 129
A New Threat: Influenza-Induced Staph Infectionp. 131
A World Living With the Flup. 133
Global Prevention Effortsp. 136
Living With Bird Flup. 137
Backyard Bird Feedingp. 139
The Plain Facts of Living With Influenzap. 140
Influenza Timelinep. 142
Chapter Notesp. 145
Glossaryp. 152
For More Informationp. 155
Further Readingp. 155
Internet Addressesp. 155
Organizationsp. 156
Indexp. 157
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