THE Department of Health (DoH) on Tuesday reminded the public anew to protect themselves from flu virus as the cold weather persists.
The DoH said that influenza or flu is now common because the northeast monsoon or “amihan” prolongs drop in temperature in the country. Flu season starts from the month of October to February.
“Flu cases in the country have declined this year as compared to the same period last year considering that the flu strain detected last year was stronger than those being monitored this year,” the health department noted.
“Flu differs from common cough and cold since it is accompanied with high fever and muscle pain that last for days. The different strains of flu are said to be contagious once it comes in contact with the body, whether it be through coughs from another person or holding contaminated objects and proceeding to touch the mouth or nose,” it added.
The DoH said that flu virus can be fatal and may lead to severe effects or complications, like pneumonia, if not immediately attended by a healthcare professional.
“The DoH advised parents to make sure their children get a complete set of vaccination to be well-protected. Senior citizens may also avail of free flu shots in barangay health centers and DoH accredited hospitals,” it said.
To prevent spreading the virus, the health department also advised the public to always cover their mouths every time they cough or sneeze.
To strengthen the immune system, the DoH reminded the public to:
-Take more fluids like orange juice and six to eight glasses of water every day.
– Sleep at least six to eight hours a day.
-Make sure to exercise and eat fruits and vegetables.
– Make it a habit to wear face mask especially when in crowded places or when travelling to avoid contracting flu virus. (Analou de Vera)