The rise of Influenza cases during the wet season is common but outbreak during the dry season should also be watched-out for since humidity and temperature are unusually high. In the Philippines, flu is felt all year round by Filipinos regardless of gender or age.
Generally, those who are in highly populated areas should take precaution as well as 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.
We should all be aware of the threat since WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) recently warned the general public with the possibility of another “influenza pandemic” in the country. WHO studies reveal the shortages of influenza vaccines which may post serious concerns both to the Philippine government and to the public.
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.
- Avoid crowds during flu season
- Disinfect contaminated surfaces
- Wash hands with soap and water regularly
- Eat healthy and avoid intake of junk foods
- Taking Flu shots
- Intake vitamin and mineral supplements