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At this time of year colds and flus are very common. “Colds and flu have similar symptoms such as stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, and fever which can make people feel unwell,” says pharmacist Audrey Kinahan of University Late Night Pharmacy. "The flu is more serious and sometimes may lead to more serious complications such as pneumonia. It can be much more serious for some groups of patients including pregnant women and the elderly who should seek medical attention.”
Arguably one of the least favourite months of the year, (maybe the best if you are an avid rugby fan), November is known for its dreadful weather; from bucket loads of rain to freezing temperatures, the days are dark and gloomy and people are less likely to go out and socialise; preferring to stay inside for warmth.
Galwegians, especially the vulnerable, are being urged to get the flu vaccine this year.
It’s back to school season and that means autumn weather is upon us. With over half of children suffering from a common cold or flu each year, it’s important that parents know what to do to avoid it.
The HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland, based at NUI Galway, are working with researchers in Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, on the ALIC4E trial, which investigates whether the flu drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) is cost effective and beneficial to patients consulting their GP’s with flu symptoms.
While January is an exciting time of planning and new beginnings, it is also challenging for many reasons. The team at Honeybee Galway are determined to make sure colds and flu are not among those reasons.
With children up to 15 considered at risk from the so-called ‘Aussie flu’ this winter, a local councillor has said it is "vital" the warnings of doctors and medical experts "are heeded", and that "children showing symptoms of flu are kept home from school".
It is that time of the year again, cold and flu season is upon us, and with that comes runny noses, aching bones, headaches and head colds.
Seasonal flu is a highly infectious viral illness of the respiratory tract that can be life threatening in people with long term medical conditions, those aged 65 years and over, and pregnant women. Flu symptoms come on suddenly with a fever, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue. A cold is usually a less severe illness, that starts gradually with a sore throat and a blocked or runny nose and is usually mild compared to the flu.
The common cold is viral and will last for up to 10 days and will leave you feeling flat with symptoms like blocked noses, coughs, and nasal drips.