Farber recommends that you discuss with your doctor whether antiviral therapy is advisable if you have come into close contact with a flu
It can be difficult to distinguish the flu
from other viral or bacterial infections of the respiratory system.
Doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, therapists and other health professionals working on the frontline are more likely to be exposed to the flu
virus - figures show that up to one in four healthcare workers may become infected during a mild flu
The safety and efficacy of XOFLUZA in children with the flu
under the age of one is also being studied in the global Phase III MINISTONE-1 study (NCT03653364).
Cold and flu
are sometimes difficult to tell apart, but they are two distinct conditions.
The health official warned that the flu
virus could be fatal to humans and could bring severe complications, therefore several steps must be taken to avoid its spread, like covering one's mouth when coughing or sneezing.
vaccine must be taken two to three months before the onset of the flu
season to get the most effective immunity.
"The best way to avoid getting the flu
is to give your body a better chance to fight infection, and that starts with a flu
shot," said Dr.
"Even if you haven't yet been vaccinated and have already gotten sick with flu
, you can still benefit from vaccination since the flu
vaccine protects against three or four different flu
viruses, depending on the type of vaccine you receive," Health Commissioner Dr.
Nationally, the 2017-2018 season was one of the worst and longest flu
seasons on record.
Public health experts say around 15,000 people died from flu-related causes in the UK last year, including complications such as pneumonia arising from an initial flu