By Confidence Matiyenga
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We are about to get in a season called winter. A season known for colds and flu which means plenty of people are coughing, sneezing and blowing their noses.
Flu is a disease also known as influenza and is said to be a respiratory infection caused by a lot of viruses. It usually affects people aged above 65 and people with long-term health conditions like diabetes and kidney disease are mostly at risk of getting flu.
Symptoms of flu are:
-A cough and/or a sore throat
-A runny or stuffy nose
-Headaches and/or body aches
-Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhoea (most common in children)
Simple ways to reduce chances of getting flu
1) Try to avoid close contact with sick people. People are much physically closer during winter, this makes it easier for infections. If you are using public transport always open windows and at home make sure the windows in your house are opened to allow circulation of fresh air.
2) Always keep warm. Wrap yourself with warm clothes. Wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside. If you can, always stay inside during a cold weather.
3) Heat your home to make it stay warm.
4) Use flu vaccination- it’s an injection commonly known as the “flu jab” and is used to protect adults and some children at risk of getting flu.
5) Wash your hands throughout the day because it prevents infections. Hands are veritable germ factories. We touch a lot of things with our hands thus becoming prone to flu infection. So remember to use warm water and soap to wash your hands that will kill the germs
Keep safe and enjoy winter