September 25, 2013

Combating the Columbus Flu Virus

Fall is in full swing which means it’s almost that time again- FLU SEASON! Every year, the influenza, or flu, epidemic strikes the United States leaving people feeling icky for days. Common symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, cough, muscle aches and fatigue. Generally, there are no prescription antibiotics that can treat the flu, so it’s usually a waiting game. Severe cases of the flu can be accompanied by dehydration due to vomiting or diarrhea. It is important to treat the illness at the onset of symptoms to avoid downward progression. Eating foods high in vitamins, drinking lots of water, and getting plenty of rest are the most common forms of treatment.

Generally, becoming ill with the flu is an inconvenience, but not life-threatening. For a limited population with compromised immunity, however, that may not be entirely true. People with a compromised immune system, elderly individuals, children and pregnant women are the most common target audience for the flu, but anyone can be affected if they contract the virus.

The best way to combat the flu virus is through prevention. Frequent hand washing, disinfecting surfaces, ensuring your immune system is healthy and receiving the flu vaccine are all positive prevention methods.  One reason doctors are able to offer flu vaccines is due to clinical research testing. At Aventiv Research, we are ready to take control of the flu virus, so we develop new vaccines each year to target the most active type of flu that season. Each year, different flu variations build up immunities to vaccines, so we are actively making sure our testing is on target with the latest flu strain.

If you are a healthy adult, you can likely qualify for an influenza clinical trial. If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial to make your mark on medical research, visit us online and tell us about yourself. Aventiv Research appreciates all of its volunteers who help us pave the way to more effective medical research.