Are You Taking Care of Your Own Health?

Are You Taking Care of Your Own Health?

Are You Taking Care of Your Own Health?

For millions of people every season, the flu can mean a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue and miserable days spent in bed.

Flu shots are recommended for seniors, people with underlying chronic health conditions, children under five, and pregnant women.

In this week's edition of You Children's Health, the focus is the flu. But they certainly aren't enough for the flu virus to reconstitute itself in our bodies. Every year in Scotland, children are hospitalised for the treatment of flu or its complications.

'This is the season of respiratory viruses [so] people tend to catch other viruses at the same time [they] get the flu shot, and attribute it to the flu shot'.

Saskatchewan Chief Medical Health Officer Saqib Shahab said it's never been easier to get the vaccine and encourages people to get the shot early. Dr. Manning works in the Temple's Infectious Diseases Department, "Now is the ideal time to get your flu shot", she says.

This year's vaccine contains two A strains of the H1N1 and H3N2 viruses, and two strains of the B/Victoria and B/Yamagata.

"Demand for the flu vaccine from under 65s has been high across Scotland, however Global Positioning System in Forth Valley are able to order supplies in line with local requirements".

In 2017, almost 330,000 of the nearly 890,000 people eligible for the flu vaccine did not go and get their flu vaccine.


"As doctors and healthcare professionals, we have a duty of care to protect our patients and in order to do that, we must protect ourselves", said Prof Horgan. It takes around two weeks for your body to develop the antibody protection needed to fight off the virus.

"If you get sick, stay home". Most insurance plans will fully cover the cost of a flu vaccine, which isn't expensive anyhow.

It's hard to predict how severe the flu season will be this year, Lin said.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to stop the spread of flu and prevent deaths.

Local doctors are stressing the safety of the flu vaccine after a study found some parents remain skeptical about the shot.

Of course, a flu shot isn't a cure for the flu, so getting one doesn't guarantee that you and your kid won't end up getting sick.

Community Pharmacy Scotland has said many private pharmacies have run out of the standard flu vaccine for people aged 65 to 74, and would not have fresh stock for at least another month.

The classic advice of hand-washing can also help reduce transmission by direct and indirect contact.

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