Five things you need to know about flu

Five things you need to know about flu
Protecting yourself against the common flu entails the usual immune boosting habits, such as dressing warmly in the cold, eating a nutrient-rich diet, and limiting one's exposure to others who are already sick with the flu. However, other effective options are available to reduce your risk of falling ill with. Read on to find out more about flu vaccinations and how they can be your best defence:

1.     Can the flu kill me?

Flu can be a severe and possibly life-threatening disease, especially for high-risk people. The category of 'high-risk' includes those who are: 

  • Adults older than 60 years
  • Children less than 5 years
  • Chronically ill people with Asthma, Cancer, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Cystic fibrosis, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Kidney or liver disease, Obesity
  • Pregnant women

2.     What can I do to prevent falling ill with the flu?

Everyone who does not want to get sick with flu should get a flu shot, especially high-risk individuals

3.     Are there any risks associated with getting a flu shot?

Don’t get a flu shot if you are allergic to eggs or if you had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine.

4.     Are there side effects?

The vaccine contains killed viruses which cannot infect you. What you might get is a mild reaction with flu-like symptoms. 

5.     How often do I need to get a vaccine?

Every year, different strains of the flu virus circulate. Therefore, a new vaccine is manufactured each year in response to that year’s prevalent flu strains. To be up-to-date you need to be vaccinated every year.

For group or company bookings to get a flu shot, contact: sales@u-carehealth.co.za  

http://www.u-carehealth.co.za/

 

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