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Flu Season. What you need to know.
Despite the summer and a mild winter, it’s not surprising to see a lot of people in the UAE, catching the flu. Here’s what you need to know about seasonal flu: who is more likely to be affected and why it’s important to consider a seasonal flu vaccination.
What is Seasonal Flu?
Seasonal Flu occurs every winter and is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. The most likely viruses can be identified in advance and vaccines are then produced that closely match them. A flu vaccination shot is available to help protect people who are more at risk.
What harm can Seasonal Flu cause?
There are different levels of seasonal flu.
It can range from having symptoms similar to a cold, to developing more serious illnesses ranging from bronchitis to pneumonia, which may need urgent treatment.
Flu can be far worse in people already suffering from a chronic disease. The most common misconception among people about flu is that it’s just about having a bad cold. It’s far worse: symptoms can include fever, chills, headaches, aching muscles, cough and sore throat.
What makes it challenging is that because flu is a virus, even antibiotics won’t be able to fully treat it.
Some people are more vulnerable to the effects of seasonal flu. For them, it can increase the risk of more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia or can make existing conditions worse. In the worst cases, seasonal flu can result in a stay in hospital, and if ignored, can prove fatal.
If you are at an increased risk from Seasonal Flu, it is important to consider having a seasonal flu vaccination.
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