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Influenza or flu is a highly contagious acute viral infection caused by the influenza virus that affects mainly the nose, throat, bronchi and occasionally , the lungs. The World Health Organization said that there are 3 types of seasonal influenza: type A, B, and C. Type A and B are the most common flu that is why they are included in seasonal influenza vaccines. Here are some helpful tips on how to prevent flu:
Increase fluid intake. Drinks lots of water and fruit juices to prevent dehydration. This way, you are also increasing your intake of Vitamin C which is very good to prevent flu.
Vaccination. This is the safest and best way to prevent flu and may be given as early as 6 months of age.
Wash hands frequently. This will help lessen the chance of transmitting any virus from hand to mouth, nose, or eyes.
Add caloric intake by switching from a soft diet to regular diet.
Cover mouth when coughing and sneezing to prevent the spread of viruses.
Get enough rest of 7 to 8 hours to strengthen your immune system.
Take in antipyretics like paracetamol every 4 hours for fever. If children experience fever for more than 3 days, it is best to seek your doctor.