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Flu season is coming – time to stay protected

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It’s that time of the year when many of us need to think about our health in the face of the cold winter months. It’s important for us to keep warm and to protect ourselves from bouts of cold and flu that are certain to be doing the rounds.

Developing cold symptoms like a sore throat and a blocked or runny nose can be enough to make us feel a bit under the weather. However, they could also point towards the bigger problem of the flu, especially alongside symptoms of a prolonged chesty cough and increased fatigue.

How flu affects us

Influenza is a virus that requires the body’s immune system to fight off. Generally, older people with weaker immune systems and young children – whose systems are still developing – are at particular risk when contracting the flu as the infection can end up sticking around longer, causing further health problems like pneumonia.

The NHS offers free flu vaccines to those considered most vulnerable: over 65s, expectant mothers, newborns, toddlers and those with prominent heart or lung conditions. Official advice indicates that this is the best time of year to receive the flu jab, as it can take a couple of weeks to take effect and limit the spread of infection.

While it’s an effective prevention treatment, we shouldn’t rely solely on the flu jab. It’s also vitally important to ensure that hands and surfaces are kept clean using warm water and antibacterial soaps and wipes. This helps us to reduce the risk of the virus being transferred. Disposing of used tissues can also help to keep the immediate environment clean and clear, especially if you share a living space with those more at risk.

At SureCare our teams of care workers know all too well the importance of providing safe and healthy home care services. We’re committed to taking all the necessary precautions to help reduce the risk of exposure to the flu virus among vulnerable people.

For more information on the flu and how to get the vaccine, you can visit the NHS Choices website here.

Get in touch with your local SureCare branch today to discuss our safe and extensive range of home care services.