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Health Ministry tells why you should stay home if you have the flu

Published:Friday | March 11, 2016 | 10:04 AM

The Ministry of Health is again urging persons who experience flu symptoms to seek medical attention.

The ministry says depending on the severity of the symptoms, they should stay at home until they are well.

Director of Health Promotion and Protection at the Ministry, Dr Sonia Copeland, says the country has been seeing increased numbers of persons with influenza-related illnesses, and if persons take action, such as the frequent washing of hands, the virus can be managed.

She says the country may lose man hours when persons stay off the job. However, she says these steps must be taken to curb the spread of the virus. 

The director says every year, persons die due to flu-related illnesses, and the elderly, pregnant women, persons with heart conditions and chronic diseases are in the high-risk group, “because their immune system is compromised”.

She added that children are also at high risk, as their systems are not fully developed.

The Ministry has stressed the need for persons to take the following precautions: clean hands frequently with soap and water; cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing; avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with dirty hands; and avoid contact with persons with flu-like symptoms.

Influenza is a viral respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, sore throat, coughing, stuffy nose, headache and body aches and fatigue.

Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be experienced.

The virus is mainly spread from person to person through droplets produced while coughing or sneezing or by persons touching surfaces contaminated with droplets.