Ways to Boost Your Immune System during Cold and Flu Season - Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which specialist should I consult to treat the flu?

You should consult your family doctor or GP if you think you may have the flu.

2. Can I protect myself from getting the flu?

Yes. You can protect yourself from the flu by getting the annual flu vaccination. It is advised in all persons over the age of six months with some rare exceptions such as allergy to the flu vaccine.

3. Can immunocompromised persons have the flu vaccine?

It is safe for immunocompromised persons to have the influenza vaccine.

4. Is there any medicine to treat the flu?

Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) is an antiviral drug that prevents viral multiplication within the body and reduces flu symptoms.

5. When can I resume work after a bout of flu?

You can resume work in a day or two after the fever has cleared which will be about a week after onset of symptoms.

6. Are there any foods that can boost immunity during the flu season?

You can consume yogurt, garlic, nuts, lemon tea, and beta-glucan fiber-containing foods such as oats, barley, mushroom and seaweed, protein-rich diet along with vitamin C and zinc-containing foods or supplements if dietary intake is not enough.

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