How To Combat the Flu Epidemic

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A flu epidemic is on the way in Ukraine. The number of flu cases has jumped by 7% in the Ternopil region. Our correspondents from Kyiv bring us this flu-fighting report.

Winter is coming bringing with it diseases that are related to this time of year.

Some regions of Ukraine have already suffered from the influenza virus.

The Ternopil region is on the verge of an epidemic.

In other regions, the first wave of flu is forecasted to hit at the beginning of December.

However, one should prepare now.

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[Natalia Kolomiets, Pediatrician]:
"The temperature is the oldest known physiological response of the body. It is the most harmless reaction of the body because it is easier for the body to make a biochemical fire and this way to burn away all the toxins and negative factors."

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[Rita Hoffman, District Physician]:
"Conventional ways prescribe the wrong order of actions. One begins to wrap up, close all windows, doors, lying under a warm blanket, trying to sweat, trying to drink a lot of hot liquids, afraid to bathe. First question: 'Doctor, when can I take a shower?' I say: 'Yesterday.' 'When can I wash my hair?' - 'Every day. Stand under the water of a comfortable temperature. Water is our friend, not our foe when one has a viral infection.'"

It is advised that drugs must be approached cautiously. While the salt spray and Anaferon are relatively harmless, one should only use antipyretics in extreme cases.

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The same is true for vasoconstrictive drugs against the common cold.

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With regard to vaccines, the debate is even hotter.

Some consider it unsafe, and the doctors do not always warn about all possible consequences.

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According to some doctors, the best way to prevent or quickly deal with disease is to live a healthy lifestyle. Eat regularly and don’t neglect physical exercise. Maintain a good temper and maintain a healthy moral environment.

NTD, Kyiv, Ukraine.

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