Winter flu prevention advice

Published Tuesday, 10 December 2013
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Health experts are reminding the public that taking the simple step of maintaining proper hand hygiene can greatly reduce the risks of germs spreading, and catching an illness this winter.

By following a seven step hand washing technique, colds and flus could be avoided.

The Public Health Agency say that anti-bacterial gels and wipes are not a substitute for washing hands with soap and water.

Gels and wipes may be unable to remove contamination in the way that running water can, however, the agency advises that they may be useful if hand-washing facilities are not available.

Anyone who comes into a high risk group for flu is advised to get vaccinated every year.

Dr Lourda Geoghegan, of the Public Health Agency, said: "The second thing that we would highlight is antibiotics will not usually work in the case of flu.

"They don't work for viruses. Antibiotics are a very good resource but we need to use them wisely."

If you do catch the flu, she advises: "Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, take lots of rest. They could use over the counter medication, such as Paracetamol or Nurofen, to help them with their symptoms.

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"They also can also talk to their community pharmacist who will be able to help them if their symptoms continue."
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