The flu season in Singapore typically runs between December and February. This time of the year, the country experiences colder than usual temperatures that trigger coughs, colds and other respiratory infections. Children and adults alike get affected by the temperature drop and suffer from symptoms, which include sore throat, runny nose, fever, joint pains and dry cough.
When phlegm is difficult to expel, doctors often prescribe mucolytics like Fluimucil, which is a 600-mg effervescent tablet that is dissolved in water. It is pleasant tasting and effective in loosening thick mucus, which blocks the air passages. This kind of medicine minimises coughing fits and allows the person with the flu to rest and recover faster.
Besides getting flu shots, there are other ways you can prepare for the flu season each year. This way, you will not have to bear all the discomfort as well as miss days at school or work. Here are some of them.
Boost Your Immune System
Load up on vitamins, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, to boost your immune system. Eating a balanced diet and doing regular exercises do wonders in keeping infection at bay. When your immune system is compromised, it becomes easier for you to catch a cold or any other virus. People with healthy immune systems, on the other hand, can better combat germs and viruses and not succumb to illness easily.
Also, make sure to get enough rest and sleep. People who suffer from too much stress and tension are more susceptible to catching the flu. By keeping your body strong and healthy, you are helping it ward off infection naturally.
Prevent the Spread of Infection
Coughs and colds are viral infections that spread quickly. Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable and usually the first to get infected.
Proper hand washing and maintaining good personal hygiene can keep you from being infected or passing the virus on to others. Using hand sanitizers or alcohol to disinfect your hands frequently can also help keep the flu virus at bay. You should also disinfect heavily touched items like doorknobs, remote controls, phones, and home appliances several times a day, especially if you have infants inside the house.
Wearing a mask to cover your nose and mouth, especially when inside the train or bus, can also prevent you from spreading germs and viruses. You will also be protected from individuals who may sneeze or cough inside closed spaces. In case someone does, your mask will keep you from inhaling the droplets that could be carrying disease-causing bacteria.
Always Be Aware
Monitor the news and health updates in your community. Health advisories are given at the first sign of a flu outbreak. When this happens, you can minimise your family’s exposure to the virus by staying indoors most of the time. You can also drive your children to school to lessen their exposure to other kids who may be sick.
Stock up on medicine, hydration solutions and food supplies, as well. In case someone gets sick, it is best to have everything you need within your hands’ reach.
The flu season comes every year, and there is no way of stopping it. Your best bet at surviving the flu and its many symptoms is to be prepared.