Winter is fast approaching and, along with the joys of seasonal festivities, it is usually a time filled with wishes of good health and happiness.
Unfortunately, the cold weather can also be accompanied by periods of ill health. This blog will look at how you can protect yourself from influenza and the precautions you should take to remain in good shape throughout the winter.
Influenza - often referred to as the 'flu' - is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It can be easily spread by coughing and sneezing, and leaves many suffers feeling ill and exhausted.
Once infected, influenza symptoms can occur rapidly within 48 hours. The most common symptoms include: fever, sneezing, tiredness, coughing, sore throat, muscle and body aches.
You can help protect yourself against catching flu by taking a few simple precautions. For example, it is recommended that those vulnerable to the virus are vaccinated. This includes all adults aged over 65, pregnant women and anyone with an underlying medical condition.
It's also a good idea to make sure you practice good hygiene. Simple everyday habits like washing your hands with hot water and soap, particularly before meals, can help to effectively stop the spread of influenza.
It's also important to wash your hands after coming in contact with anyone that is suffering from the flu. Another option is to take antiviral medications, as these can also help protect you from influenza this winter.