BRS offer advice on combating Influenza
The British Residents’ Society have circulated to their members the following advice on how to combat and deal with the risk of contracting Influenza and as we can all be smitten by this very unpleasant and serious disease, we are sharing this advice with our readers.
“Influenza (‘Flu) and Influenza Vaccinations
‘Flu season is now upon us and vaccinations are available. You can ask at your clinic of choice or even get the vaccination done at a lot of the pharmacies here in the TRNC. Pharmacy costs are around 17TL, which compares favourably with the £10 Tesco pharmacies were charging in the UK last year! However do ask the price at your chosen location, as prices will vary!
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. However flu can affect and be spread by people of all ages. Travelling in enclosed environments, such as on planes can also facilitate the spread of flu and other respiratory viruses.
When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community. This is sometimes referred to as ‘herd immunity’.
Who should be vaccinated? – In the UK they recommend that everyone over the age of 18 with a chronic health condition such as diabetes, renal disease or respiratory conditions such as COPD or asthma, pregnant women and everyone over the age of 65. In the USA it’s recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months.
For additional information on Influenza and Influenza vaccinations please click on this link
If you are in any doubt as to whether you should be vaccinated do check with your doctor.”
To learn more of the British Residents’ Society, please click here to view their website.