Ramsay Pharmacy gives us the inside scoop on how to stay healthy this flu season! 

What should people do to prepare for flu season?

  • Stay healthy. Have a routine and balance between work, leisure, exercise and rest.
  • Eat healthy. More greens and fruits, which allow the body to be at peak performance.
  • As the flu is caused by virus, the the best defense against it is immunization. While immunization cannot fully prevent one from contracting the flu, it can provide a high level of protection and can reduce symptoms for those in the process of getting sick.
  • Practice good hand hygiene, which helps prevent the spreading of virus.
  • Perform good cough etiquette.
  • There are also some supplements available that may assist in reducing the risk of contracting flu virus.

When is the best time to get vaccinated?
There is time limit of the vaccination’s effectiveness, which is around 3-4 months. Generally speaking the vaccination should be received around 2 weeks before the start of the flu season.
Hence the best time to vaccinate would be during the month of May. Getting vaccinated too early presents a risk off the protection wearing off prematurely in the midst of peak flu season.

What symptoms should you look out for?

Mostly:

  • High grade fever
  • Chills
  • Body aches and pain
  • Tiredness
  • Sore throat

Occasionally:

  • Blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Red and watery eyes

How do you treat the flu?
There is no treatment available. Vaccination is the best way to avoid contracting and spreading the flu.

However, medicine is available that can help alleviate symptoms, such as:

  • Pain and fever relief medications 
  • Nasal decongestants
  • Throat gargle and lozenges
  • Cough mixtures

There are also certain natural remedies available, which, if taken early within the first few days of the symptoms developing, may assist in reducing the severity and shortening the duration of the flu. Flu sufferers may also find relief in the following non-medicines: 

  • Using a vaporiser
  • Chest rub
  • Hand sanitisers
  • Oral re-hydration salts

Getting plenty of rest and fluids helps the body fight off the infection quicker. Smoking should also be avoided.

How long are you contagious?
Most adults will be able to infect other people for up to 7 days after becoming sick. The best way to avoid spreading the flu is to stay at home while you are unwell and refraining from going to crowded places. Additionally, avoid sharing linens, eating utensils and dishes.

To find out more visit Ramsay Pharmacy's website, or drop by the store!
Our pharmacists and friendly team will always be available to attend to your healthcare needs.