My daily journey to work includes public transport. Today morning, while on the train a woman next to me suddenly sniffed. Reaction: all surrenders move a few inches away. I felt my stress level rising: flu! It’s started!
For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week. However, certain people are at greater risk of developing serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These conditions may require hospital treatment.
A Department of Health spokesman said: “Vaccination is the best line of defence against flu’.
But here comes a reality: scientists who had been studying 40 years of research say the current batch of vaccines do not offer adequate protection against seasonal flu outbreaks or pandemics and is only 59% effective in healthy adults.
Dr Michael Osterholm, one of the authors of the study published in the journal The Lancet, said: ‘an urgent need for a new generation of more highly effective and cross-protective vaccines that can be manufactured rapidly’.
Anyway, of a test group of 2,000 people half said they would go in to work for fear of repercussions from bosses due to the economic downturn.
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