This year’s influenza season has started earlier than usual, so please take care.
Influenza is usually prevalent from December to March, with the number of cases peaking between January and February. Symptoms typically affect the entire body and can include fatigue and aching joints, in addition to the sudden onset of a fever over 38℃, headaches, coughing and a sore throat.
[To prevent catching it]
After arriving home, you should wash your hands carefully, using soap, for at least 20 seconds. Wash between your fingers, the creases in your hands, your nails and your wrists too.
You should use something such as a humidifier to maintain the appropriate humidity level in the room (50-60%).
Build up your body's immunity by getting enough sleep and eating balanced meals.
Those with underlying medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes, as well as pregnant women, infants and the elderly are prone to symptoms becoming severe, so solid measures should be taken to prevent infection.
[To prevent infecting others]
When coughing or sneezing, wear a mask.
If you don't feel well, take time off. Don’t overdo it.
If you get influenza, you may still be contagious even after your temperature has gone down. You should avoid contact with others and recuperate at home for 5 days after you first show symptoms and for another 2-3 days after your temperature has gone down.
[To prevent exacerbation of symptoms]
Get examined at a medical facility as soon as possible.
Influenza vaccinations are an effective way to prevent symptoms from becoming severe.
The number of jabs required and the cost differ according to age.
Please consult your family doctor.