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The Influenza
by Winston Churchill
A poem written in 1890, when Churchill was only 15 years old and attending Harrow School.
    Oh how shall I its deeds recount
    Or measure the untold amount
    Of ills that it has done?
    From China’s bright celestial land
    E’en to Arabia’s thirsty sand
    It journeyed with the sun.

    O’er miles of bleak Siberia’s plains
    Where Russian exiles toil in chains
    It moved with noiseless tread;
    And as it slowly glided by
    There followed it across the sky
    The spirits of the dead.
    The Ural peaks by it were scaled
    And every bar and barrier failed
    To turn it from its way;
    Slowly and surely on it came,
    Heralded by its awful fame,
    Increasing day by day.
^ This way you can be sure to be protected when the flu season peaks around the month of February.
  • Preparing for Influenza Season 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC [Source type: General]

^ The disturbing revelation that something you do every day could be increasing your risk of infection.
  • Pandemic Flu Advantage 14 January 2010 14:46 UTC [Source type: General]

^ The flu vaccines that are given to the population every year are not a sure way since the vaccine only builds immunity to one or two antigens.
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    On Moscow’s fair and famous town
    Where fell the first Napoleon’s crown
    It made a direful swoop;
    The rich, the poor, the high, the low
    Alike the various symptoms know,
    Alike before it droop.
^ The contagious period varies, but probably begins the day before symptoms appear and lasts for about a week.
  • Influenza Fact Sheet 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Since you can have the flu for 3 days before showing symptoms, it makes sense to keep a low level of elderberry in the system throughout flu season.

^ The flu can be spread from an infected person from the day before illness until about seven days after they first have symptoms, so infected people are contagious before they even know they are sick.
  • Influenza Fact Sheet 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Nor adverse winds, nor floods of rain
    Might stay the thrice-accursed bane;
    And with unsparing hand,
    Impartial, cruel and severe
    It travelled on allied with fear
    And smote the fatherland.
    Fair Alsace and forlorn Lorraine,
    The cause of bitterness and pain
    In many a Gaelic breast,
    Receive the vile, insatiate scourge,
    And from their towns with it emerge
    And never stay nor rest.
^ Many people with uncomplicated influenza use over-the-counter medicines to help lessen their symptoms, in addition to staying home and getting adequate rest and fluids.
  • Influenza (Flu) Antiviral Drugs and Related Information 14 January 2010 14:46 UTC [Source type: Academic]

    And now Europa groans aloud,
    And ‘neath the heavy thunder-cloud
    Hushed is both song and dance;
    The germs of illness wend their way
    To westward each succeeding day
    And enter merry France.
    Fair land of Gaul, thy patriots brave
    Who fear not death and scorn the grave
    Cannot this foe oppose,
    Whose loathsome hand and cruel sting,
    Whose poisonous breath and blighted wing
    Full well thy cities know.
^ SK: Well, who knows?
  • GQ Blog on 16 September 2009 9:09 UTC [Source type: General]

^ It’s the ideal way to grasp where you stand as well as knowing what’s going in your state, in your city, in your town, and in your neighborhood.
  • Swine Flu Symptoms & How to Avoid Swine Flu 14 January 2010 14:46 UTC [Source type: General]

^ But what concerns the World Health Organization (WHO) most is the increased number of people diagnosed with H1N1 strains as well as the increase in the death toll.
  • Swine Flu Symptoms & How to Avoid Swine Flu 14 January 2010 14:46 UTC [Source type: General]

    In Calais port the illness stays,
    As did the French in former days,
    To threaten Freedom’s isle;
    But now no Nelson could o’erthrow
    This cruel, unconquerable foe,
    Nor save us from its guile.
^ If you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer.

^ Extend the period for ill persons to stay home: If influenza severity increases, people with flu-like illness should stay home for at least 7 days, even if they have no more symptoms.
  • VDOE :: H1N1 Influenza A (Swine Flu) & Virginia Public Schools 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ (Previous recommendations were to stay home for 7 days after illness onset or until 24 hours after the resolution of symptoms, whichever was longer.
  • Clarkson University: Flu Information 14 January 2010 14:46 UTC [Source type: News]

    Yet Father Neptune strove right well
    To moderate this plague of Hell,
    And thwart it in its course;
    And though it passed the streak of brine
    And penetrated this thin line,
    It came with broken force.

    For though it ravaged far and wide
    Both village, town and countryside,
    Its power to kill was o’er;
    And with the favouring winds of Spring
    (Blest is the time of which I sing)
    It left our native shore.
    God shield our Empire from the might
    Of war or famine, plague or blight
    And all the power of Hell,
    And keep it ever in the hands
    Of those who fought ‘gainst other lands,
    Who fought and conquered well.
^ Clean Hands Saves lives : Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
  • Influenza Information (EUSD Emergency Information) 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC [Source type: General]

^ On the other hand, those who experience some brief anxiety, like missing an important meeting because they have to wait in a long line for a flu shot, may respond better to the vaccine.

^ To talk to other people who share your health issues, check out our health community .
  • Scientists May Have New Way to Fight the Flu - US News and World Report 16 September 2009 9:09 UTC [Source type: News]

PD-icon.svg This work is in the .public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923. It may be copyrighted outside the U.S. (see Help:Public domain).^ A. On April 26, 2009, the United States Department of Health & Human Services declared a nationwide public health emergency involving 2009 H1N1.
  • H1N1 (Swine) Influenza Information 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ That is why, although you may have had flu before, you can contract it again because your body has not built up an immunity to the new strain.

^ Each week CDC analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators.
  • OSAP: H1N1 Page 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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