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Influenza Season Has Started

According to the weekly influenza report for Public Health England the influenza season has officially started so make sure you’re taking the relevant precautions to protect yourself and those you are responsible for.

The report showed that there has been several indications of an increase in influenza in the week ending 3rd January 2016 including an increase in the number of lab samples testing positive for influenza, an increase in the number of people going to the doctor with influenza-like symptoms and more influenza admissions to hospital and ICU.

Symptoms to look out for include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, aching muscles, headaches, tiredness, vomiting and diarrhoea. If you’re unlucky enough to come down with the flu the best course of action is to rest at home until you feel better and make sure you drink plenty of water and take painkillers if necessary. If you have some other underlying health issue or you’ve been in your bed for over a week then you should go see a GP.

However, the best course of action is to stop yourself from contracting influenza in the first place. Some of the things you can do to prevent the spread of influenza include washing your hands after going to the toilet, coughing into the inside of your elbow rather than your hand and avoid close contact with anyone that has influenza. You might even decide to get the flu vaccine which is free on the NHS if you’re most at risk. Of course, we also highly recommend that you disinfect your home and workplace on a regular basis and we’d be more than happy to oblige so give us a call on 01236 702028.

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