New Delhi: The sudden drop in temperature during the past week has caused a spike in seasonal flu cases in the national capital with reports of hospitals and clinics seeing a sharp increase in patients every day.
Doctors warned that the number of people with flu-like symptoms may go up in the coming days due to changing weather.
The flu tends to come on suddenly and people usually develop the following symptoms:
All these symptoms may make you feel too unwell to continue your usual activities. Most people with flu symptoms recover within few days without seeing a doctor. However, certain groups of people have higher risk of complications from flu.
They are: Babies or young children, pregnant women, older adults (over 65s), individuals with certain medical conditions – heart disease, diabetes, chest infections suhc as asthma or bronchitis, kidney problems, people undergoing treatment for cancer or taking steroids, etc.
The single best way to prevent catching seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. However, you can reduce your risk of getting flu or spreading it to other people by adopting the following steps:
Flu is a serious contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause hospitalisation, and at times can lead to death, if left untreated.