A Shepparton doctor is urging people to be smart about their health this cold and flu season.RIAHN SMITH June 14, 2014 5:02am
Advice: Shepparton doctor Chik Chua is urging people to know their own health to avoid colds and flus this winter.
Shepparton Lister House Medical Centre general practitioner Dr Chik Chua said while influenza and the common cold produced some similar symptoms, most people who believed they were suffering from the flu were likely to have contracted one of 200 cold viruses.
‘‘The severity is very different between the cold and influenza,’’ Dr Chua said.
‘‘Patients with a cold will usually have a high temperature, a blocked or runny nose, cough and a sore throat.
‘‘People with what we call the flu can also have headaches, tenderness and joints ache, tiredness, loss of appetite and diarrhoea.’’
Dr Chua said following some basic preventative measures was the first step in avoiding a bout of the pesky illnesses.
‘‘It’s important to know our own health, avoid triggers and maintain your personal hygiene,’’ Dr Chua said.
He said vaccinations against influenza were also recommended, particularly for high risk groups such as the elderly, people with chronic disease, and pregnant women.
For people struck down with the flu or a cold, Dr Chua advised staying in a comfortable, warm and clean environment.
‘‘It’s hard to avoid it, if you’re sick you’re sick,’’ he said.
‘‘Rest and time is really the only cure, but if you really have to go to work or school, try and reduce the risk of passing it on to other colleagues or classmates by maintaining hand hygiene.
‘‘If someone is experiencing symptoms for more than three days, they should see a doctor.’’
Shepparton's unlucky run of events continued on Saturday, drawing in dramatic circumstance with Eltham.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons scored a 20 point victory over the Myrtleford Saints at the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
A WORKING group has been formed to tackle Moama’s housing problems.
ROCHESTER’S mums and bubs fitness class is only in its third week but it has already doubled its enrolment numbers, blowing organisers’ expectations out of the water.
Tongala Football Club lost to Rumbalara in the Murray Netball League on Saturday by 14 points.
Four generations of Comi girls this Mother's Day
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
DESPITE criticism from within the community over a perceived lack of use, the O’Keefe Rail Trail has enjoyed good traffic over the past couple of weeks, with more to come.
Members of a Cobram social group have encouraged women to become a part of community groups, committees and boards.
School fundraises for student with leukaemia.
ix industry and local government representatives, five water services committee members and two community members have been appointed to the new Connections Stakeholder Consultative Committee.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.