Smokers are at greater risk of getting flu

Smokers are at greater risk of getting flu

General: Scientific studies have shown that smokers have a higher risk of influenza infection and develop severe forms of the disease. According to studies, influenza virus infection rates were about 50% higher for smokers than for nonsmokers. If influenza illness, smokers tend to have more pronounced symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, runny.

The flu on smokers

Smokers are at greater risk of getting flu and cool much faster, because smoking decreases the body’s defense indirectly. How can he do that tobacco smoke? Where does the smoke burns at very high temperatures inflamed bronchial tree entrance, maintains inflammation, increases volume and decreases the possibility of mobilizing secretions them. It is statistically proven that smokers “cool” more frequently and more often develop respiratory complications – from acute bronchitis, exacerbations of emphysema to lung.
Flu “attack” people with a weak defense at the siege of bacteria and viruses in this category are included: obese people, young children and people over 65, people with conditions that reduce immunity – hepatitis, cirrhosis, diabetes, AIDS , chronic obstructive disease (COPD). Smokers and they can be placed in categories of disease risk from flu.

And if cough fails? We can think of severe lung disease to top
Cough is a symptom and rarely has a single cause other than the lung and can be accompanied by other signs:

Expectoration (productive cough)
In most cases, the cough is a sign of respiratory disease, which can progress to a condition / diagnosis simple / u – an ordinary viruses, to more serious diseases – lung cancer, emphysema, bronchiectasis, tuberculosis. If the cough lasts longer than a week, must necessarily be consulted doctor.

Complications from influenza in people with tuberculosis.

For a person diagnosed with tuberculosis, influenza can cause severe complications at health:
Mixed infections associated with complications – lung water
Suppurations and respiratory failure

World Health Organization (WHO) recommends influenza vaccination for:

People aged between six months and 64 years, who are out with chronic medical conditions pulmonary, cardiovascular, metabolic, renal, or immunodeficiencies
All people aged over 65 years
Doctors, nurses and support staff, both in hospitals and in ambulatory health care facilities, including employees of institutions of care (children and elderly) and units of chronic patients.


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