Flu Awareness January 2017
December 2016 saw an increase in patients with flu and flu-like symptoms. This led to a public health awareness pitch by the Health Promotion Team.
Information discussed on the day included key questions such as:
- What are the main symptoms of flu?
- a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above
- chills, tiredness and weakness; noticeably different from a common cold
- a headache
- general aches and pains
- a dry, chesty cough
2. What do I do if I have the Flu?
- The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water and fluids to avoid dehydration
- Do not smoke
- Take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower a high temperature and relieve aches if necessary.
- You can also help stop the spread of flu by avoiding unnecessary contact with other people while you’re infectious.
- Stay off work or school until you are feeling better (for most people, this will take about a week).
- Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze; and use disposable tissues instead of a linen handkerchief for hygienic purposes.
- Get vaccinated to protect yourself from further attacks of the flu.
3. What protection does the vaccine offer me?
Due to the constant changing of circulating influenza viruses, influenza vaccines strains are changed annually and therefore the vaccination is required each year; particularly if you form part of an at risk group. The predictions are effective in around 60% of cases, however this fluctuates with improving research and depending on individual vulnerability.