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Did you Know? The Flu

As we move into the cooler months our chances of catching the dreaded Winter Flu reach an all-time high. The flu comes with all sorts of horrible symptoms so it’s something that you definitely don’t want to catch.

In the UK alone Winter Flu kills 4,000 people, so this disease is nothing to sniff at, and globally this figure climbs to an estimated 500,000 to a million people.

You might consider the flu as a sort of nastier cold but it’s actually caused by completely different collection of viruses. This is why antibiotics are ineffective against this disease, as it’s a virus rather than a bacterial infection.

The symptoms of the flu are generally unpleasant but not dangerous unless you’re over the age of 65, pregnant, have a weaker immune system or have a longer term medical condition. If you start experiencing flu like symptoms and fall into any of these categories you should see a doctor right away. These can include a high fever, nausea and coughing so be vigilant with your health this winter and look out for these.

So how do we stop ourselves from getting infected by this virus? The first step is to inform yourself about which ways this disease spreads and learn how to avoid it. The flu goes from person to person and is transmitted by small droplets of fluid that manifest themselves in your sneezes. This means that it’s of the utmost importance that people cover their mouths while coughing and sneezing and then immediately wash their hands.

Even touching a surface that has been exposed to the virus will in turn infect you, so use hand wash with a high alcohol percentage after coming into contact with these types of surfaces. Try not to share phones or keyboards with people who appear ill as this is a fast track to getting the disease yourself.

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