Medical expert shares ways to stay healthy and protected amid flu season

The highest cases of flu are recorded during wet season.

The highest cases of flu are recorded during wet season.

As Covid-19 lockdown restrictions continue to loosen up, people are taking the opportunity to go out more often. Many have gone back to work. There are even schools in some areas that have returned to face-to-face classes.

While the heat of summer is still present for most part of the day, the rainy season has taken over, scattering rain showers especially in the afternoon.

It has been observed that during this wet period the highest cases of flu are being recorded.

“After going through waves of a grueling pandemic, taking millions of people by surprise, the last thing we need is to head on to a flu season unarmed. As early as now, we must be ready and prepare for any and all eventuality,” said Dr. Donald Josue, vaccines medical director at GSK.

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To make sure the flu virus won't catch anyone off guard, GSK has shared with The Manila Times some of the measures people u can do today to prepare for the upcoming flu season:

Update flu vaccines. Getting updated flu vaccines significantly lowers the risk of contracting the virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) a flu shot is recommended annually to ensure individuals are protected from the latest flu virus strains.

Be mindful of social distancing. Because of much relaxed restrictions, it's easy to forget that the country is still very much in the middle of a pandemic. As such, Filipinos should continue practicing social distancing whenever possible. Just like the virus that causes Covid-19, wearing face masks, keeping a distance from other people, or avoiding going to crowded places are few of the easiest, simplest ways to lessen the chances of catching the flu virus.

Keep immune system in shape with a healthy diet. According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), one can boost the resistance by having a balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle. Giving the body right nutrients and exercising regularly, allows the immune system to perform at peak physical condition. This, in turn, enables one's body to resist any symptoms that may arise.

Know the difference between flu and Covid-19 symptoms. The flu and Covid-19 share many similar symptoms, which makes it easy to confuse the both of them. First thing to do when an symptoms manifests is to not panic. Both flu and Covid-19-19 can have fever, colds, and cough as symptoms. But the latter can also cause fatigue, loss of smell, and loss of taste. Always consult with a medical professional to get the proper diagnosis and treatment.

This flu season, make sure to prepare against the flu virus. Remember to wash hands regularly, boost the immune system, avoid large crowds, and get that flu vaccine as soon as possible, because keeping one's self safe is the first step to making sure his or her loved ones and the community he or she lives in are safe too.

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