Protect yourself against the flu this rainy season with these tips
The intense heat felt in the months of April to May tend to make us all excited for the rain in the later part of the year. Cold weather, however, usually brings with it a number of diseases that can keep you out of action, including the flu.
The Department of Health (DOH) since January of this year has been reminding the public to take extra precaution to avoid contracting and spreading the flu, which is common during the months when the temperature is lower. The World Health Organization pointed out that 5–10% of adults and 20–30% of children in the world are affected by the flu annually.
What is the flu?
The flu, or influenza, is a contagious illness that infects the upper respiratory tract of our bodies, namely the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It’s caused by the influenza A, B, or C virus.
Unlike the cold, which is also common during the rainy season, the flu usually comes on suddenly. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body pains, headaches, and fatigue.
It’s important to emphasize that a flu can range anywhere from mild to severe and can sometimes lead to death. People said to be most at risk are the elderly and young children, who could have complications and develop pneumonia, ear infections, bronchitis, and heart problems, to name a few.
How to protect yourself
Less serious cases of the flu can be treated by rest and good nutrition. However, it’s better to spare yourself from a week or two of misery in bed by making preventing the contraction of the flu.
Many experts believe that the flu virus is spread by the tiny droplets that come from people who cough, sneeze, or talk. The droplets can land in the mouths and noses of those nearby and enter their respiratory systems. So it helps to avoid crowded places where you can’t be too sure who’s sick or not. Likewise, it’s advisable to just minimize contact with a person who’s coughing.
You can also contract the illness by touching an object or surface that has the flu virus and touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. That’s why it’s important to wash your hands with soap and water after touching something.
One of the best ways to protect yourself or your loved ones from the virus is by getting vaccinated, which can lower the risk of contraction, hospitalization, and even death. There are vaccines for different age groups so be sure to consult with your doctor and ask them about it.
Speaking of doctors, we at Maria Health can help you consult with one in an affordable and accessible way. Our website houses an extensive list of consultation plans from the leading health maintenance organizations (HMOs) in the country, making it a lot easier for you to get the medical care you need when you need it.