Make sure the flu virus doesn’t catch you off guard.
Are you prepared for flu season?
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:12 PM May 23, 2022
Just like that, summer is over, which could only mean one thing: Flu season is just around the corner.
While we are still feeling the heat of summer, the rainy season will soon take over. It has been observed that during this wet period, the highest cases of flu are being recorded.
“After going through waves of a grueling pandemic, taking millions of people by surprise, the last thing we need is to head on to a flu season unarmed. As early as now, we must be ready and prepare for any and all eventuality,” said Dr. Donald Josue, vaccines medical director at GlaxoSmithKline.
To make sure the flu virus doesn’t catch you off guard, here are some things you can do:
Update your flu vaccines. Making sure you get updated flu vaccines significantly lowers the risk of contracting the virus. According to the World Health Organization, a flu shot is recommended annually to ensure individuals are protected from the latest flu virus strains.
Be mindful of social distancing. Because of much-relaxed restrictions, it’s easy to forget that we are still very much in the middle of a pandemic. We should continue practicing social distancing whenever possible. Wearing face masks, keeping a distance from other people or avoiding going to crowded places are some of the easiest, simplest ways to lessen the chances of catching the flu virus.
Keep your immune system in shape with a healthy diet. According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, you can boost your resistance by having a balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle. By giving your body the right nutrients and exercising regularly, you allow your immune system to perform at peak physical condition. This, in turn, enables your body to resist any symptoms that may arise.
Flu vs COVID-19 symptoms. The flu and COVID-19 share many similar symptoms, which makes it easy to confuse the both of them. First thing to do should you feel anything untoward is to not panic. Both flu and COVID-19 can have fever, colds and cough as symptoms. But the latter can also cause fatigue, loss of smell and loss of taste. Always consult with a medical professional to make sure you get the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Remember to wash your hands regularly, boost your immune system, avoid large crowds and get that flu vaccine as soon as possible.