Protect yourself from the Flu

15/02/2019

Make sure you know about the flu and how to protect yourself!

What is influenza (Flu) and when does it occur?

Influenza (Flu) is a respiratory illness, caused by a virus, which can make people feel worse than when having an ordinary cold. There are two main types Influenza A is usually a more severe infection than Influenza B.

Influenza occurs most often in the winter months and usually peaks between the months of December and March. Illnesses resembling influenza may occur in the summer months but they are usually due to other viruses.

What should I do if I get flu?

For most people the infection is just an unpleasant experience. Most influenzalike illnesses are self-limiting and are best treated at home. Rest, drink plenty of fluids and take medication to reduce your temperature. Advice about treatment can be sought from a community pharmacist or your General Practitioner (GP).

If symptoms become severe or last more than a week, contact your GP.

 If you have a chronic or longstanding illness, you may need to seek medical attention earlier. The most common complications of influenza are bronchitis and secondary bacterial pneumonia. These illnesses may require treatment in hospital and can be life threatening especially in the elderly and in people with respiratory or other underlying medical conditions.

Remember

Flu vaccination offers the best protection for people who are at high risk of infection. A previous flu infection or vaccination will not necessarily provide protection against further infections. Each year certain groups will be offered the flu vaccination, to see if this applies to you or your family and for further information on the measures to prevent the spread or manage flu go to the following link(s):

www.fluawareni.info

http://www.fluawareni.info/information-public