Have you seen people coughing on the street and missing work because they caught the flu? And not just that but did you notice that lately it’s getting worse and worse and the viruses seem to grow stronger each year. And we become more and more paranoid, naturally, since we try to avoid catching the flue and yet it seems that not much can be done in this sense.

Hence, let’s take a look together today at some of the most pressing questions about this year’s flu outbreak which hit us quite hard.

When is the right time to call in sick?

I can relate to you if you hate taking sick leave because you miss out on work and you don’t feel THAT sick and maybe you could work something. But no, that’s not the idea. Just think about the fact that you also caught the flue from somewhere. And chances are that if you go in sick, you will spread the viruses to others as well.

And just think about the fact that instead of losing a couple of working days, you might end up losing a lot more if your state worsens because you insist to go in.

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Why is it so bad?

The virus that spreads this year is called H3N2 and it is considered by specialists to be one of the strongest ones we could be dealing with currently. The number of hospitalizations and deaths this year, due to the flue, was immense, although there is a vaccine out there.

However, we should not lose hope since in our history there have been many other worse flu periods, hence were bound to make it out alive!

How long am I contagious?

Studies show that you can be contagious for even one week after the symptoms start to show, and when it comes to children, the period is even longer. When it comes to going to school, a period of at least 24 hours is required in order to make sure you won’t infest others as well.

What can be done to prevent it?

Naturally, the usual hygiene rules are applied, wash your hands as often as possible. Try to get enough rest since sleep deprivation is a huge welcome sign for the virus. You could also try taking some vitamins, especially if it’s during the cold period, vitamin C is also a great immune system booster.

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Is it possible to die?

Unfortunately the answer this year is more positive than before. How is that possible? When the virus sets in and our immune system is no longer capable of fighting back, we are open to all sorts of complications that can eventually, if left untreated or undiscovered, lead to death.

Should I consult my doctor?

Yes, the answer is definitely yes. Don’t wait for the symptoms to get worse or to get into complications. We are far too used to taking over the counter medications, but that’s not the best way to go. The best thing to do is to get professional advice and a consultation to be sure that the situation is under control.

Are children more likely to catch the flu?

The answer is yes because they are so small and they immune system is not yet well developed. Although healthy children normally get through the flu within a week or two, cases of deaths have been reported each year. The best thing you can do is consult a doctor the moment you notice the symptoms in your child.

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All in all, yes the flu this year is far worse than before but there’s no reason to panic. Keep in mind that positive thinking can take you a long way. Also, try the best methods to prevent getting the flu and don’t forget to consult your doctor if you notice some early symptoms!