Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Q.   Common Cold and Flu are same.

  • A.   Flu is a common term for influenza which is an infectious disease caused by viruses that affects birds and mammals. The most common symptoms of the disease are chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness/fatigue and general discomfort. Although it is often confused with other influenza-like illnesses, especially the common cold, influenza is a more severe disease than the common cold and is caused by a different strain of virus.

  • Q.   Cold weather may result in catching common cold and flu.

  • A.   The only way to catch the cold and flu is by being exposed to the virus. Common cold and flu season coincides with the cold weather hence people often associate the flu with a cold environment.

  • Q.   While suffering from cold, drinking milk and eating banana increases nasal mucus and phlegm.

  • A.   Milk and mashed banana may resemble that of mucus, but milk and banana are digested like any other protein and carbohydrate and are not specifically converted into nasal mucus.

  • Q.   Chicken soup will speed your recovery from the Cold and Flu.

  • A.   Hot liquids can soothe a sore throat, provides much needed fluids and give some sense of comfort. Not only chicken soup even vegetable soup would also give same kind of feeling. Chicken soup or vegetable soup helps to give some nourishment to the body but does not actually have a proven germ fighting ability.

  • Q.   Flu Vaccines causes flu

  • A.   The vaccine is made from an inactivated attenuated virus that is not able to transmit infection. People who get sick after receiving a flu vaccination probably were going to get sick anyway. It takes a week or two to get protection from the vaccine. But people assume that because of the vaccine they got sick.

  • Q.   Vaccination is not for the healthy people

  • A.   Flu (Influenza) vaccination is recommended for people who have a chronic illness. But anyone, even healthy persons can benefit from being vaccinated. Flu vaccination is recommended for healthy people who might spread the virus to others who are particularly susceptible. For this reason, health care workers are routinely advised to get the flu vaccination to protect their patients.

  • Q.   Flu vaccination - only way to protect yourself from the flu.

  • A.   Flu (Influenza) vaccination is not enough protection. Try to avoid contact with people who have the flu, wash your hands frequently, protect yourself with piece of cloth or handkerchief while going in public places and avoid traveling in places having too much crowd.

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