Achoo!. The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read about by Trudee Romanek

By Trudee Romanek

Within the 5th Mysterious You ebook, Achoo!, youngsters probe the secrets and techniques of disorder and sniff out what germs are, why they usually make us ailing, how bodies conflict them and the way vaccines shield us opposed to them.

This special sequence explores the mysteries of the human physique utilizing a mixture of completely researched actual info, notable anecdotes and wonderful try-it actions.

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People tried their best to stop it from spreading. Cinemas, theaters and churches were closed, and public meetings and sports events were canceled. Many cities passed a law that everyone had to wear a surgical mask. Even shaking hands was illegal. When it was all over, the flu had killed nearly 40 million people worldwide — more than twice as many people as had died in World War I. The flu’s a lot like a cold. Both are caused by a virus that settles in your breathing passages. They spread the same way, through the air or by people touching germ-covered surfaces, then rubbing their nose or eyes.

And both of them usually start with a sore throat. A lot of the other symptoms may be the same too: stuffed-up nose, cough, headache and feeling tired. When you have the flu, though, the symptoms are usually worse. The sore throat’s sorer, your head’s more stuffed up and the whole thing nearly always lasts longer. There are three “families,” or types, of flu viruses. Type A flu is the most serious and the type that causes worldwide epidemics such as the Spanish flu epidemic. Type B is similar but not as common.

Flu Vaccines Doctors now have vaccines to protect people from some types of flu. The trouble is that flu viruses can change as they travel around from person to person. The flu vaccine you got this year will protect you from one type of flu, but once that flu changes, your body won’t recognize it anymore. Germkillers Scientists have created a number of different products to fight germs before they can get inside you. Antiseptics — those things you pour on a scrape — wash away many bacteria and weaken the ones left behind so they can’t grow.

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