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Stop The Flu, Before It Stops You!

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There’s nothing worse than having the whole family down with a cold or the flu, so here’s some helpful tips from Clicks Pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman to help you get through this winter hassle-free.

  • Get the flu jab – The flu vaccination can be effective even administered as late as July. It’s really a case of better late than never!
  • Avoidance – Try to stay away from those who are sick. If you are the sick one, rather take the day off work and stay at home until you are better.
  • Keep it clean – Wash your hands with soap and water and cover up when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you do get the flu, it’s best to treat systematically:
  • Remember to drink plenty of fluids;
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and keep your hands clean with a waterless hand sanitiser;
  • Use a humidifier to thin the air and improve breathing;
  • Gargling with salt water may soothe a sore throat; and
  • Get plenty of rest to give your body the best chance of recovery.

Stock up on the following flu relief essentials:

  • Decongestants or a nasal inhaler may provide comforting relief for congested nasal passages.
  • Antihistamines are helpful for sneezing and a runny nose.
  • Throat lozenges to soothe a sore throat.
  • Pain relievers to help reduce severity of pain and fever.
  • Cough medicines to combat a dry or wet cough.
  • Probiotics if your doctor has put you on antibiotics, should you get a secondary infection.
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