Influenza, commonly referred to as flu, is an airborne virus that attacks the respiratory system. On its own, flu is generally not considered a fatal disease. It can be much more harmful and dangerous, however, if you already suffer from another disease. Those more likely to suffer fatal consequences with flu are considered to be part of the influenza risk group. People who fall into this category should be careful to lessen their chances of contracting the disease.
There are other people at higher flu risk that do not necessarily have any pre-existing medical conditions. They are people who spend a lot of time with infected patients or animals, such as healthcare workers or farmers.
There are several precautionary methods people can follow to prevent contracting the disease if they fall into a high flu risk group. Firstly, if you contract the disease and you are at high risk, do not hesitate to contact a doctor.
To be safe, you should consider getting a prescription of anti-viral medication to keep in hand, in case you recognise early on that you have contracted flu. If you realise it early enough, the anti-viral drugs can help speed up recovery and minimise the effect of the virus on the body.
Limit your contact with people who have suffered from flu recently or are currently suffering from it. Avoid high-risk areas like public swimming pools and gyms during the winter if a strain of influenza is known to be spreading.
Have a seasonal flu vaccination. This is available from most local chemists and is worth having, especially if you belong to a high flu risk category.