Monday, December 16, 2013
As Christmas approaches, the annual cold and flu season is well under way. Snuggling under blankets throughout the land are thousands of suffers, of the country’s biggest cause of sick days, the common cold and the far more serious flu (and let’s not forget man flu!).
In 2011 the Office of National Statistics (ONS) believe that over 27.5 million work days were lost due to minor illnesses such as cold and flu, and although those figures are thought to be falling, the UK is still placed as one of the highest “sick-note” countries in Europe.
Each autumn the NHS undertakes the mammoth task of the annual flu immunisation, offering a free flu jab to the most vulnerable segments of the population, those over 65, pregnant or with weakened immune systems or underlying health problems. Many corporations have also begun tackling the annual epidemic by offering staff private vaccinations.
But for the rest of us… We don’t have to sit back and suffer, with a sensible approach, most symptoms will subside with 24 hours. Experts recommend several tips to help – take it easy, drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous exercise.
How can my pharmacist help?
There are many over the counter and readily available products available to help prevent and combat the common cold and flu, including Sudafed, Happinose, Day and Night Nurse.
While antibiotics are useless against the cold virus, there are plenty of products that can help ease the symptoms.
So if you’re feeling a little under the weather, take a look at our range of cold and flu treatments or call 01295 262925 to talk to one of our team for further help and advice.
If your symptoms last more than a few days, please contact your doctor.