Get ready and protect yourself from seasonal flu
Welcome to informal flu week! This week the WHO China office will share with you some basic facts about the seasonal flu. Please read carefully so you can learn how to better protect yourself and those who you love!
What is the seasonal flu and how does it spread?
The seasonal flu is a virus that is transmitted via air particles when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The flu is a temporary illness that most will recover from. However, additional measures must be taken to protect very young and older populations, who have higher risks associated with influenza.
How do I decrease my likelihood of contracting seasonal flu?
The most effective way to avoid contracting the flu is by getting a flu shot. Generally speaking, flu shorts decreases one’s likelihood of contracting the flu by between 40 and 60 percent. In addition to a flu shot, regularly washing one’s hands helps to combat the spread of the flu.
What should I do if I get seasonal flu?
If you are feeling feverish and fatigued, you may have the flu. If you think you have the flu, then go and see the doctor, who may offer antiviral treatment. Additionally, those with the flu are encouraged cover their mouths and noses when they cough and sneeze, to isolate themselves from others, and to rest. Covering up and isolation help protect others, and resting helps to expedite recovery.
Finally, don’t worry! As we mentioned before, the vast majority of people who contract seasonal flu fully recover from it.