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Seasonal influenza is a respiratory infection that is caused by viruses that spread from person to person directly via coughing and/or sneezing or indirectly from respiratory secretions on hands, tissues, etc. It attacks the respiratory system, including the nose, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs.

People with influenza will have a sudden onset of fever, dry cough, body aches, headache, feeling unwell, sore throat and runny nose. Anyone can get the flu, but young children, elderly, pregnant women, those with chronic illnesses and people with poor immune health are especially vulnerable.

Although most people recover from fever and the other symptoms within a week without seeking medical attention, influenza can still cause severe illness. Worldwide, there’s an annual estimation of about 3 to 5 million cases of severe illness, which caused about 290 000 to 650 000 respiratory deaths.

Although seasonal influenza occurs mainly during the winter, influenza may occur throughout the year in tropical regions, such as Malaysia and causing outbreaks more irregularly.

Vaccination is an option for preventing influenza especially for people that are most at risk such as:

  • Pregnant women
  • People older than 65 years
  • Children younger than 5 years
  • People with chronic medical condition

Personal protective measures can also be carried out to prevent the disease:

  • Cover mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Regular hand washing with proper drying of the hands
  • Avoid crowds during the flu season
  • Eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, reduce smoking and drinking, exercise regularly to boost up immunity

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Our body is constantly in contact with bacteria, viruses, radiation and pollution. Therefore, we need a strong defense system to protect us from getting ill. Strong and healthy defense systems consist of the intact physical defense system (skin and mucous layer) and the healthy immune system.

A strong immune system is critical to keep you healthy all year long. People with poor immune health will have a higher risk of getting sick when they are exposed to cold or flu viruses, having infections that are more frequent, longer lasting or harder to treat or have an allergic reaction that affects the body.

To boost our immune system, we can adopt a healthy lifestyle and focus on nutrient-rich food in our daily lives:

  • Aim for five servings of vegetables and fruits daily to get the immune-boosting vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, such as Vitamin C. Vitamin C play an important role in immune function, providing antioxidant protection from free radicals and reduce the risk, severity and duration of an infection. Bioflavonoids are important synergistic phytonutrients for defense system, and for enhanced Vitamin C absorption and utilisation.
  • Find healthy and appropriate ways to cope with stress, such as meditation. Physical activities are also a good way to manage stress and help reduce some risk of chronic diseases.
  • Try to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each day.

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