We all know that symptoms of the flu can be severe, sudden, and last a number of days. Team Aposave gives you a number of tips on how you can be better prepared for the flu season and help prevent the flu.
Common flu symptoms
The flu can be caused by a number of viruses and (as mentioned) can be severe, last a number of days, and have a sudden onset. Symptoms include:
- A high temperature of 38C or above
- A headache
- Feeling weak and tired
- A dry or chesty cough
- Blocked or runny nose
- Sore throat
If you are otherwise fit and heathy, there is generally no need to visit the doctor if you do get the flu. Some tips that may help you recover quickly:Do I need to visit the doctor?
Make sure to get plenty of rest. It is advised not to go to work or school since the virus can be passed on
Drink lots of warm water
Take paracetamol (acetaminophen) and/or ibuprofen to help relieve some of the symptoms
What can I do to help prevent the flu?
It is important to maintain good hygiene. This can be achieved by a ensuring a few simple measures are taken into consideration, such as:
- Always washing hands with warm water and soap
- Regularly cleaning surfaces such as computer keyboards, phones, and door handles to get rid of germs
- Using tissues to cover mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
The flu vaccine, also known as the flu shot, is a very effective method of protection against the flu. Every year, millions of people are vaccinated against the flu. The vaccine protects against the three different strains of flu—including H1N1, otherwise known as swine flu. Some patients may feel uncomfortable due to the vaccine being administered by a needle. However, it is important to highlight that the vaccine is available now in the form of a nasal spray. It is very important to get vaccinated against the flu, especially if you fall in any of the following groups. These groups may be more prone to the virus and/or the symptoms can be much more severe.
You should get vaccinated if:
- You're over 65
- You're pregnant
- You have asthma or lung disease
- You have chronic heart disease
- You're diabetic
- You have a chronic kidney condition
- You have a chronic liver condition
- You've had a stroke
- You have an illness or are taking medicines that lower your natural defences
Get information on the current flu vaccine, who should get it, where you can get it, and possible side effects.
Take your vitamins
Vitamin C, Zinc, and Echinacea may also be very effective against the flu. It is thought that these vitamins can improve the immune system and may even shorten the duration of the flu.