While considered a debilitating, yet manageable disease, the flu can cause more serious health problems for some people, especially if they have other conditions such as asthma, or their fever and breathing troubles worsen or persist.
Consider immunisation** – ask your GP about getting a flu shot next time you have a check-up. It’s an easy way to protect yourself from flu during the winter months.
Stay hydrated and eat a well-balanced diet – maintaining good general health is often considered your best line of defence when it comes to cold and flu prevention. A strong immune system will mean that when you do become exposed to germs, your body will be better able to fight the flu virus.
Get enough sleep and exercise regularly – this will help minimise stress and boost your immune system even further, enhancing your resistance to cold and flu.
Avoid contact (direct or through shared surfaces) with infected people and maintain excellent hygiene. Good hygiene includes washing your hands, coughing and sneezing into tissues, and regularly cleaning surfaces.