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Article by Dr Ilaria Saredi - MBBS, M.D (France) Family Medicine Specialist at
Allied Medical Center, Dubai, UAE

We are in that time of the year when Flu season starts again; to protect yourself and your family you may want to consider vaccination.

Seasonal Influenza, known as the Flu, is an acute viral infection. The Flu virus spreads easily from person to person. Most commonly, an infected person coughs or sneezes and spreads infected droplets which are inhaled by others in close proximity. Occasionally Flu can also spread through touching a person, surface or object that has these infected droplets on them, then touching your own eyes, mouth or nose.

Those suffering from the Flu can expect to have a high fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, muscle and joint pain and may feel very unwell.

Some people can suffer complications of Flu infection which can be extremely serious and require hospitalization. Anyone can be affected, however those at highest risk from the Flu and its’ potential complications are pregnant women, children, the elderly and anyone who has a chronic illness such as Diabetes or Asthma. The World Health Organisation recommends those at risk should be vaccinated annually.

Flu vaccination can be given to anyone from age 6 months onwards. It is both safe and effective.

Flu vaccination is the most effective way to prevent the disease. Therefore it is the first and most important step to prevent yourself and your family from catching the disease. Other preventative measures you can take include; avoiding those who are sick, covering your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze and regular handwashing.

For more information about the Flu vaccine please contact us at Allied Medical Center.

Dr Ilaria will be delighted to discuss any Family Medicine related clinical matters and may be contacted on 04 332 8111 or emailed on For more Information & to book your appointment Please call 800 ALLIED (255433).

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