Understanding Flu’s Impact on Respiratory Systems

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a virus that can cause severe respiratory complications if contracted. Not everyone who gets the flu develops severe respiratory complications, however it is important to note that individuals with existing respiratory conditions are at increased risk of developing severe symptoms if infected with the flu. Miami Clinical Research is the leader in understanding the relationship between respiratory health and flu complications. Through their clinical trials and medical research, they investigate the complexity of this relationship to help protect people from life-altering health events.


Respiratory conditions such as asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) create issues with the flow of air within the lungs. More specifically, the poor exchange of CO2 and oxygen can weaken the body’s immune system and impede the production of antibodies to fight the flu infection. Without a proper immune system response, fighting off the virus becomes more difficult and implies that one’s susceptibility to the flu actually increases. Furthermore, the flu symptoms of the lower respiratory system (coughing, wheezing and chest congestion) can be exacerbated by respiratory conditions, as airflow to these areas become impaired. Furthermore, exposure to air pollutants, other sicknesses, and a multitude of environmental factors can all impair the protection that the respiratory system provides.


When discussing the link between respiratory health and flu complications, one must also consider the impact that some medications may have. Some medications used to help manage respiratory illnesses can also impede the body’s immune system response making the influenza virus easier to contract and harder to overcome. Additionally, certain underlying medical conditions, such as HIV or Diabetes, can also negatively affect the immune system making it harder to fight off any type of infection. 


At Miami Clinical Research, our goal is to understand the myriad of factors that can affect the spread of the flu and the complications that can arise as a result. With our clinical trials and medical research, we are able to identify ways to maximize respiratory health while minimizing the impact of any infection that may occur. Our team of researchers have found that individuals who have respiratory conditions can generally reduce their risk of potentially severe influenza illness by taking certain actions such as getting a flu vaccine and adjusting medication as advised. We also recognize that staying up to date with medical checkups and following doctor’s orders has an important role in one attaining a healthy respiratory system. 


It is important to note that infectious illnesses, such as influenza, are serious and have the potential to cause severe medical complications. At Miami Clinical Research, we are dedicated to understanding the connection between respiratory health and flu complications in order to better protect ourselves and loved ones. Through our clinical trials and medical research, we are learning how to best combat the complexities of respiratory issues and influenza.



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