Flu: the 5 things everyone should know

Gary Finnegan

Gary Finnegan

November 13th, 2012

Gary Finnegan

‘Do you know all you need to know about seasonal influenza? ’

Dr-Caroline-BrownIn this video Dr Caroline Brown, Programme Manager for Influenza at WHO/Europe, explains how we can all help to stop flu spreading, what its symptoms are and how to take care if you catch it.

  1. Anyone can catch flu, although it can be more serious for older people, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases
  2. You can help to prevent its spread – basic hygiene can help, stay at home while you’re contagious
  3. Get the flu vaccine if available to you. Influenza vaccines are safe and have been used for over 60 years. The most prominent flu viruses circulating can change so get vaccinated every year
  4. Look out for symptoms and take care, rest and drink plenty of water. If you’re pregnant or have a chronic medical condition such as asthma, contact your doctor
  5. WHO conducts surveillance and gives guidance to national health authorities

Earlier this year Dr Brown joined Vaccines Today, along with Dr Litjen Tan, co-chair of the US Influenza Vaccine Summit, to discuss seasonal flu as part of our Vaccination Café video series. Watch the video below for more details on the latest WHO expert advice on vaccination for pregnant women and discussion of the role of health professionals in stopping the spread of the virus.

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