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Keeping Yourself Safe from the Flu

The Novel Coronavirus is making headlines all over the world as more cases of infected persons continue to be reported. The winter season as we know it, is a period characterised by the prevalence of outbreaks of influenza and various other viruses. In this article, we have put together some top tips that might just protect you from getting sick this winter season. 

Make sure to get the flu vaccine

Getting a flu vaccine is one of the main things you should consider this winter season, to protect yourself from severe illnesses. In view that viruses evolve year on year, doctors recommend that this should be taken at least once annually. 

When you get a flu vaccine, your body releases antibodies that can protect you from the most infectious viruses. 

The Minister for Health Dr. Chris Fearne, stated that the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine will be offered throughout the winter season in all the Health Centres situated in Malta and Gozo. Dr. Fearne recommended that although this flu vaccine is available for anyone, priority will be given to those most vulnerable such as children under the age of five, elderly people over the age of sixty-five and persons suffering from chronic diseases due to the health implications that might occur because of the flu. 

Wash your hands regularly 

Washing your hands regularly is one of the underestimated ways how you can diminish the spread of the flu. A significant number of people still do not wash their hands as regularly or appropriately which is why constant awareness is of vital importance. In order to wash your hands appropriately it is important to follow the best practices. This includes ensuring that your hands are wet and enough soap is applied to reach all areas. The palms and the back of the hands need to be rubbed together well. This should be followed by the interlinking and cupping of fingers together with the cleaning of thumbs. Also, it is best to ascertain that you are rubbing your palms with your fingers.

When you are outdoors, it is ideal that you carry a bottle of hand sanitizing gel. Sanitizing your hands is of vital importance especially after shaking one’s hand and after coming in contact with commonly touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and counters. 

Maintain distance from people with flu like symptoms

Keep a healthy distance away from people who cough and sneeze especially if they are not covering their mouths and noses. It is essential to have this backed with other efforts in boosting your immune system such as consuming the necessary food and liquids on a regular basis. 

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