Influenza:  an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract, occurring in isolated cases, epidemics, and pandemics, with inflammation of the nasal mucosa, pharynx, and conjunctiva, headache, and severe, often generalized, myalgia.


Cough - initially nonproductive, - later, producing purulent sputum

Marked  cyanosis

Dyspnea (difficulty breathing)

High fever


Substernal pain and discomfort

Frontal headache



Antipyretics - for fever

For influenza A - amantadine

Endotracheal intubation and ventilator assistance

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