Influenza or flu is a seasonal virus that commonly occurs in tropical countries such as the Philippines. Influenza cases rise during the wet season but also thrived during the dry season when humidity and temperature are unusually high. In the Philippines, flu is felt all year round by Filipinos regardless of gender or age.
People frequenting public areas such as transportation hubs, markets, entertainment centers, and amusement parks to include schools and offices are at risk of acquiring the virus. The virus is transmitted or spread in several ways such as; direct contact with infected individuals and direct contact with contaminated objects. Flu can also be transmitted when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, spewing nasal and throat secretions into the air.
The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) recently warned the general public with the possibility of another “influenza pandemic” in the country. In fact, WHO studies reveal the shortages of influenza vaccines which may post serious concerns both to the Philippine government and to the public. Sorry (not sorry) to anti-vaxxers out there, but these vaccines are A MUST.
Health experts therefore reiterated the need to broaden the information campaign on the importance of prevention of the spread of this virus, citing further that everyone is at risk of acquiring the virus anytime and anywhere.
People with low immune system ran more risks in acquiring the virus. Low immune system is associated with lack of vitamins, which is further aggravated by stress brought about by someone’s work environment as well as the tropical weather. Hence, taking the following tips will immensely reduce the risk of acquiring the influenza virus:
- Avoid crowds during flu season
- Disinfect contaminated surfaces
- Wash hands with soap and water regularly
- Eat healthy and avoid intake of junk foods
- Take Flu shots (sorry again, anti-vaxxers!)
- Intake vitamin and mineral supplements
- Always remember: Prevention is better than cure!
It is important to have a strong immune system in order for you to combat the virus. Along with the tips as mentioned above, an immune system boosted by the intake of Vitamin C can reduce your risk from acquiring the flu. BEWELL-C Sodium Ascorbate can actually provide the necessary vitamins and minerals to protect you from Influenza. It’s non-acidic and safe to ingest in large quantities without upsetting your stomach.
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