In the week starting from the 29th of January 2018, there were 1,722 for every 100,000 people. Prior to this date, the number of patients with acute respiratory infections including flu was 18.3 % lower. The number of those who fell ill has increased across all regions of the Czech Republic. However, the most affected are the Liberec, South Moravia, South Bohemia, Ústí nad Labem and Central Bohemia regions.
What is the Flu and How Can We Prevent It?
The flu is considered to be an acute feverish illness which quickly spreads through the human population. It is caused be a constantly changing virus. Each year, approximately one in ten people suffer from this illness. We recommend consuming vitamins, fruits and vegetables. Maintain basic hygiene habits, wash your hands often and use disposable tissues whenever possible. The only reliable form of prevention is vaccination.
At Canadian Medical, How Can You Diagnose the Flu Quickly and Safely?
Our clinics now offer a new diagnostic test - Test A&B Alere BinaxNOW® Influenza A&B Card (an in vitro immunochromatographic test), which based on a sample taken from the nasopharynx, can immediately detect whether the patient is infected with the influenza virus (by detecting nucleoprotein type A and type B antigens). The product is available exclusively for export to selected markets. The test requires a minimum handling time, the results are available in 15 minutes.
The incubation period is short and from the time the person is subjected to the virus to falling ill, it can be anywhere between 12 to 72 hours. How can you know it is a flu? The flu is often accompanied by high fever and the patient can suffer from pain in the joints, headaches and feeling nauseous. It is a serious disease which under specific conditions (higher risk patient, newborns) can lead to death. The first symptoms do not include a runny nose or a cough. These symptoms can appear several days later. The fever and fatigue disappear within four days and the cold/runny nose can last anywhere between seven and ten days.
How to Best Treat the Flu?
In standard cases without complications, you can rest and defeat the flu at home. During the illness, you must remain in bed and rest accordingly. Drink sufficient amounts of tea and medication that will counter the symptoms. Suitable medication includes analgesics or antipyretics to lower temperatures (when they are above 38 °C) and ease the pain. Should complications continue for several days, seek out a doctor immediately. Higher risk patients can develop pneumonia and the virus can cause damage to the nervous system, heart muscles or cause an inner ear infection with children. Adults are contagious for five days which children up to ten days. The treatment varies in length but it can range anywhere between two to seven days.
In case you experience any complications, do not hesitate and book a visit by dialing our call center on +420 235 360 133. Our doctors are at your disposal at all our branches.