Flu season is in full, miserable swing, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning that this year's strain is especially dangerous. Due to the nature of this year's strain, the flu shot is less effective than usual - but the vaccine is still beneficial because it can potentially make your symptoms less severe if you do come down with the flu. The reason 2018 flu season is worse than usual is because the virus's dominant strain, H3N2, has been described by experts as one that causes severe symptoms and can be deadly - particularly for the youngest and oldest patients affected.
We expect the odd cold once thick tights and Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back in our lives. But succumbing to the flu is not an option when there are Christmas parties, mince pies and, err, a limited number of paid sick days to think about. Colds and flu share many signs and symptoms, but there are also some key differences between the two. These are all the flu symptoms you need to watch out for. Cold symptoms With the flu, you will get the sore throat, cough, runny nose and sneezes typical to colds, but it will all be more rapid. ...
Confusingly, colds and flu share many of the same symptoms and your cough, sore throat and blocked nose could be a sign of either. According to Dr Webberley, flu symptoms always tend to be “more prolonged”, and muscle aches are a tell-tale sign that you’ve come down with more than a common cold.
Hayfever has to be one of nature’s most cruel ailments. You spend all winter trying to fend off the flu, only to be greeted with yet another sworn enemy intent on attacking our bodies… POLLEN, oh, and the wretched cycle of sniffles begin once again!
The actress is in hot water after seemingly giving out unsafe medical advice. [Photo: Getty] Gwyneth Paltrow may be a brilliant actress and the founder of a top lifestyle blog, but her health advice is still lacking – and never seems to go down well with genuine experts. Remember the whole vagina-steaming incident? The 42-year-old is in hot water again after handing our potentially dangerous advice on getting over the flu, announcing to her fans via Instagram last week that all anyone suffering from the common viral infection needs to do is… take a sauna.