It’s official, the cold and flu season is upon us! It runs from October through to March but you’re most likely to catch it in December, and if you do, it’ll be a sure way to ruin your Christmas.
What do flu symptoms look like?
- Severe headache
- Sudden high temperature of 38C or more
- Aches and pains
- Sore throat
- Runny or blocked nose
- Dry cough
How do you catch the flu?
Much like colds, flu is passed on by breathing in airborne droplets from people coughing and/or sneezing in the air. The virus can also live for up to 24 hours surfaces such as computer keyboards, door handles and more, so touching infected surfaces can also be a way to catch the flu.
How can I manage symptoms of the flu?
If you’re unlucky enough to have caught the flu its important to get lots of rest and plenty of fluids –it’s very important to keep your body hydrated whilst it tries to fight the virus.
You can also take paracetamol and ibuprofen to manage the temperature and aches.
If your temperature doesn’t improve after one week then we would recommend you speak to a doctor. Also contact a doctor if you experience any chest pain or breathlessness.
How can you avoid catching the flu?
- The flu vaccination is your best bet, as it helps your body to produce antibodies which will protect you from the flu
- Stay 3ft away from anyone who is sneezing or coughing as the flu virus can fly up to three feet before gravity takes over
- Try not to touch your face with your hands – especially not your mouth or nose, as this can be a way to help the virus enter your body
- Clean all surfaces once a day to kill any virus that may be sitting on surfaces
- Get lots of sleep and relax – stress and feeling run down can prevent your immune system from fighting the virus off
Book your flu vaccination today here.