You can’t avoid people, you can avoid catching the flu. Get your flu shot now!

By Drum Digital
14 February 2010

Seasonal changes are upon us, and so is flu season... for everyone! Now, more than ever, healthcare professionals are drawing their patients’ attention to the importance of protecting themselves and their families against flu.

Below is a list of commonly asked questions on flu.

Are some people more at risk than others?

Yes. These are the high-risk groups:

  • People aged 65 or older, especially if living in a retirement home.
  • Anyone with a heart problem, lung problem, including asthma, or with chronic illnesses like anaemia, diabetes or kidney failure.
  • Immune-suppressed people, including those who are HIV-positive.
  • Caregivers and close contacts of any of the above.
  • Smokers, as they are more prone to respiratory illnesses.
  • Cancer sufferers.
  • The WHO reports that some preliminary studies suggest that obesity, and especially extreme obesity, may also be a risk for more severe disease.

What about children?

Children at school or in day care centres have an increased risk of catching flu, so it’s wise to have them vaccinated.

Why should I get vaccinated annually?

Flu viruses change, and every year the flu vaccine is adapted to the virus in circulation in that year.

What are the “Flu like symptoms” of influenza?

  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Aches and pains
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhoea
  • Sore throat

Remember FLU FACTS:

F = Fever

A = Aches and pains

C = Chills

T = Tiredness

S = Sudden onset

“Ask your healthcare professional about ABBOTT’S flu vaccine”

Abbott Laboratories S.A. (Pty) Ltd, Reg. No. 1940/014043/07, Abbott Place, 219 Golf Club Terrace, Constantia Kloof, 1709. Tel No.: 011 858 2000. Date of publication: March 2017

Promotional Review Number: ZAEINF160230

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