Top Tips to Beat Flu

5 Jan

In the British press recently, there have been a lot of stories about the spread of flu. Here we would like to reassure you, and offer some top tips on how you can best avoid spending the week ill in bed.

The first thing to say is that if you have gone home for Christmas, you certainly shouldn’t worry about returning to the UK. Every winter thousands of people get flu, but for almost all, a few days in bed is all they need to get back to normal. If you are generally healthy anyway, then flu, although a pain, is nothing to get too worried about.

However, you would still rather not get flu at all eh? Well, good news! Here are our top tips to avoid flu:

1. Help protect yourself and others by stopping flu germs from spreading. If you cough or sneeze then cover your mouth with a tissue and then throw it away. If you can, wash your hands after too.

2. Keep your immune system at its best, by eating healthy food, exercising and getting enough rest and relaxation. (You do all that anyway though right?).

3. There is a vaccine to prevent flu, but it is only offered on the NHS if you are in a ‘high risk’ group. This means if you are pregnant or have any long standing health conditions (like asthma or diabetes). If you are not in any of these groups but are still worried about getting flu, then you can buy a vaccine from a High Street pharmacy for around £7 to £12.

4. If you do get flu, then the best way to recover from it quickly is to simply go to bed. Resting, staying warm, and drinking lots of water and tea are as good a cure as any.

Finally, just a quick note to say that although Swine Flu has been built up in the press, it is rare, and even so, the vast majority of cases who catch it, will simply suffer very similar symptoms to regular common flu, so there is no reason to worry about it. However, if you are suffering from bad flu or are worried you may have caught Swine Flu, then it is always safest to contact your local doctor, or ring NHS Direct for advice on 0845 4647.

If you are studying in the UK and not yet registered with a doctor, or have questions about the NHS, then check out our Student Guide to Health.

Image: alancleaver_2000 on Flickr


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