Influenza B: Have Covid-like symptoms - fever, cough, fatigue? Know all about the virus

Influenza B virus is one of the three types of influenza viruses that can infect humans, the other two being influenza A and C viruses

Influenza Types

Influenza B virus is less common than the influenza A virus, but can still cause seasonal epidemics and is responsible for a significant proportion of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths

Influenza B Commonality

Influenza B virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets and can cause symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, body aches, and respiratory distress

Influenza B Transmission

Influenza B virus can mutate over time, which is why new strains of the virus can emerge and cause outbreaks

Influenza B Mutation

Influenza B virus is covered by a lipid envelope that can be destroyed by disinfectants, making it important to practice good hygiene and disinfect frequently touched surfaces during flu season.

Influenza B Hygiene

Influenza B virus can be prevented by getting a flu vaccine, which is recommended annually for everyone over the age of 6 months.

Influenza B Vaccine

Influenza B virus can be treated with antiviral medications such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza), which can reduce the severity and duration of symptoms if given within the first 48 hours of illness, according to Mayo Clinic

Influenza B Medication

Influenza B virus can also lead to complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections, particularly in young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems

Influenza B Complications

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