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Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is caused by a virus and mainly spreads from person to person through the air by coughing, sneezing or talking, and by touching a person's hand, surface or object. Workplaces and transport options to / from work are notorious for spreading such illness.
The flu virus infects your respiratory system such as the nose, through and sometimes your lungs. It differs from a cold as symptoms such as fever, sore through and muscle aches develop suddenly and last about a week. - usually a week away from work. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can cause complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis which require hospitalisation. Sometimes these complications can lead to death. Solution? There is a need to vaccinated every year because the viruses circulating in the community continually change and immunity from the vaccine does not last a long time.