No one is immune to sickness, least of all the flu. Once again we here at the station want to remind people that the flu virus is a very serious illness and can spread quickly and easily if the proper precautions aren’t taken. The flu is especially dangerous for the elderly and the very young but can develop complications for anyone who has it. Ozzy Ozbourne is currently in the hospital as of yesterday in Los Angeles for complications from the flu. Just last year on his North American tour he had to cancel several shows because of a hand infection and now, as announced last week, his United Kingdom and European legs of the Ozzy Osbourne’s No More Tours2 tour has been postponed because of doctor’s orders. Sharon Osbourne wrote on Twitter Wednesday-
As some of you may have heard, Ozzy was admitted to hospital following some complications from the flu. His doctors feel this is the best way to get him on a quicker road to recovery. Thank s to everyone for their concern and love.
-Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) February 6, 2019
Symptoms of the influenza can include:
Sudden onset of high fever
Headache, muscle aches and joint pain
Cough (usually dry)
Chills
Sore throat
Nasal congestion and runny nose
Fatigue
Stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea may occur but are more common in children than adults
The flu is caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. It spreads when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk, which sends droplets with the virus into the air and potentially into the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. You can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching your own mouth, eyes or nose.
Most people don’t realize that you can spread the flu before you know you are sick, beginning 1 day before symptoms even develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
The flu is a very serious illness for anyone at high risk. Certain diseases that place people at high risk include:
Chronic lung disease such as asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis, or cystic fibrosis
Heart disease
Chronic kidney disease
Diabetes or other chronic metabolic disorder
Morbid obesity
Severe anemia (including sickle cell anemia)
Diseases (HIV, AIDS) or treatments (steroids, chemotherapy) that suppress immunity
Liver disorders
Children and adolescents who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
Some ways you can reduce your flu risk

1. Get a flu shot

2. Wash your hands

3. Get prompt medical attention if you develop flu symptoms

4. Keep your distance when you’re sick or if you’re around someone who is sick

Other infections that may be associated with the flu include sinusitis, bronchitis and ear infections.