Press Release Date: 11th October 2012
With the flu season well and truly upon us, the Tropical Medical Bureau have these top tips for preventing the virus from getting you this winter.
- Carry a sanitizer
If you cannot avoid contact and there is no water to hand, be sure to have a handy hand sanitizer on you. These alcoholic based gels evaporate from the surface of your skin taking all present germs with it and are small enough to fit in your pocket.
- Do as the Asians do
In Asia, it is a very common sight to see people walking around with face masks. This is not to prevent catching the flu but to prevent spreading it. If all preventative methods fail, you can at least do your part for others by keeping it to yourself.
- Eat healthily
Your immune system needs all of the help it can get during flu seasons so eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables will help support it. You may think it will be hard to eat healthily on a regular basis but fighting the flu is a lot worse.
- Wash your hands
Germs are passed from person to person and a simple handshake can be carrying a wealth of them that are just dying to be spread. By washing your hands you not only prevent yourself from getting sick but others whom you come in contact with.
- Go to bed
Your body needs energy to fight off infection. By not getting enough sleep you are weakening your body and lowering your defences. The daily amount of sleep recommended by the TMB is 8-10 hours.
- Be ahead of the game and get vaccinated
Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent infection. The Tropical Medical Bureau offer walk-in clinics where you can get your flu vaccination from only €25 per person, including consultation. GloHealth members who have the Kids’ Health & Women’s and Men’s Health Personalised Packages can get their flu vaccine for FREE at any of the 22 TMB clinics nationwide.
Getting regular exercise enhances your immune function. Simply going for a 20 minute power walk a day can boost your defences.
- Stay away
If you see people displaying common flu symptoms such as coughing or sneezing, steer clear. It may seem like an obvious one but it is vital to avoid contracting the virus.
Dr Graham Fry, Medical Director, Tropical Medical Bureau is available for comment / interview.
For further safety tips or further information on your medical needs or to book an appointment, please contact any of the Tropical Medical Centres or through www.tmb.ie
Tropical Medical Bureau have 21 clinics nationwide.
Phone: 083 1042620
Phone: 086 8583585
Phone: 085 1205112
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