5 effective ways to protect against seasonal flu
- Vaccine – vaccination is the most effective way to protect against diseases and possible complications. It is especially important that pregnant women are vaccinated in any trimester of pregnancy. It is recommended to vaccinate children, the elderly, people with chronic diseases and health workers. A fever after vaccination is a normal phenomenon that usually disappears after one or two days.
- Regular hand hygiene – frequent hand washing with soap and water is preferable. Rub your hands for 15 to 20 seconds and wipe with a disposable towel. An antiseptic alcohol agent can be used in the absence of water and soap.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth and face – the virus most often enters the body through the eyes, nose and mouth. Rather use a clean tissue for face rubbing purposes. Wash your hands if you have touched your face with your hands.
- Avoid large gatherings and contact with people who already have the flu – the flu is an easily transmitted disease. It spreads quickly in places of large gatherings of people, for example in public transport, at lectures, in homes for the elderly or during mass gatherings of people. Microscopic particles that carry the virus spread over a distance of 1 meter if a person coughs or rains. That’s how they infect other people who breathe that air.
- Stay at home if you have the flu – the flu is especially dangerous for people who have some chronic diseases (cancer, heart disease, asthma). Refrain from contact to prevent further spread of the infection (flu virus) and thus maybe save someone’s life.