Winter illnesses goes flu the roof

Pharmacy First's Angela Cornford says to cough into your elbow rather than hand.
Pharmacy First's Angela Cornford says to cough into your elbow rather than hand.

FLU season has hit the Central Highlands.

Local doctors report patients are seeking medical help to fight the duration and severity of the seasonal affliction.

Belman Medical's Dr Michael Belonogoff said while new strains of the virus had not been detected, he could not rule it out and urged residents to get the latest flu vaccination.

"It's not too late to get the vaccination," Dr Belonogoff said, and reminded residents it could take up to a fortnight for the vaccination to work.

Dr Belonogoff said residents should understand the difference between a cold and flu, with the former's symptoms typically including a runny nose, sore throat, slight sniffles and cough.

Flu, he explained, included high fevers, aches and pains throughout the body and headaches, and likened the feeling to "being under a Mack Truck and run over eight times".

But there is no difference between the man flu and regular flu, he said.

Pharmacy First chemist Angela Cornford reported an increase in sales of cold and flu medications, but said the best way to combat the illness was through rest, a healthy lifestyle, getting enough sleep and minimising the spread of germs.

"It is recommended that you don't cough into your hand but rather into your elbow so you don't spread the germs," Miss Cornford said.

She said while some home remedies such as horseradish and garlic tablets may decrease the chances of catching the flu, it was best to get medical advice if symptoms worsened.



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