fbpx

INFLUENZA (FLU)

What is influenza?

Influenza is a very common viral infection that attacks the respiratory system- the lungs, throat and nose. It is highly contagious and can be life-threatening.

What causes influenza?

It is caused by influenza viruses (Types A, B, C ± D)

How is it spread?

It can be spread by the following:

  • Airborne respiratory droplets (cough, sneeze) of an infected person
  •  By touching a contaminated surface (doorknob, blanket or napkins).
  • Skin-to-skin contact with an infected person (handshakes or hugs).
  • By saliva of an infected person (shared drinks, kissing).

Who is at risk?

  • Young children
  • Older adults
  • Pregnant women and people with chronic disease or weak immune system.
  • Health care workers

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Runny nose, sneezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pressure
  • Loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sweats, flushing
  • Fatigue (feeling extremely tired)
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache

How do we prevent influenza?

  • Vaccination with influenza vaccine
  • Hand washing (with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs)
  • Surface sanitizing

How do I get vaccinated?

Book for your vaccination by clicking here

 

WhatsApp chat