WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE FLU

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There’s a common misconception that the flu is the same as a cold. Both are respiratory illnesses sharing the same symptoms but they are actually caused by different viruses. So if you feel you’re coming down with something while you’re on a trip, don’t panic. It may be just an ordinary cold which can be easily treated.

It’s important to know the difference between flu and cold symptoms so that the illness can be treated accordingly.

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Flu may be seasonal in colder climates but in the tropics, influenza circulates year-round. Hence, it makes sense that year-round protection against influenza is a must for travellers.

Currently, there are four strains of flu viruses commonly circulating worldwide among people today – two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains. However, the influenza virus is constantly changing so last year’s vaccine may not work this year.

References:

CDC, WebMD, WHO (Influenza (Seasonal) Fact Sheet, November 2016)

 

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A traveller’s best defence against the flu is to get vaccinated every year. Consult a Vaccination Practitioner on Teleme’s app today.

 

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