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Cara Cunningham, Community Dietitian
It is not too late to get your flu vaccination and the HSE is now urging people in high-risk groups to get vaccinated.
The HSE is urging parents not to send their children to school if they have flu-like illnesses or any of the associated symptoms, such as a high temperature, aches and pains, or a chesty cough in a bid to curtail the spread of the infection.
The HSE is urging the public to help prevent the spread of flu and norovirus (the contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhoea) by avoiding hospitals and GP surgeries so as not to infect others who may be already unwell.
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.”