Just as much as we know that January to June is the dry season and June to December is the rainy season, citizens need to take note that the flu season begins in October and ends in May of the next year.

That’s such an important factor in how we take care of ourselves and do what we can to prevent the spread of illnesses that can be airborne, such as the H1N1 Influenza. This season so far, we’ve heard of people complaining that the ‘virus’ has been circulating, and infecting many, bringing some heavy symptoms that require much rest and medicine to help rejuvenate the infected.

We’ve also heard through social media and otherwise that persons would have lost their lives due to the virus. And, though the Ministry of Health is yet to provide statistics or confirm these rumors, it must be noted that the Ministry of Health has stated that the influenza is more severe than the common cold and can be fatal.

So, what does it come down to? Really, the first step in avoiding infection is practicing proper hygiene and avoiding close contact with sick people. The problem is, sometimes we are unaware that others may be sick such as in public spaces or while travelling in maxis or taxis, where we could easily catch on to the virus.

That’s where the responsibility rests for those who are sick. Stay away from such public spaces until it is absolutely necessary! Then again, a lot of us have no choice but to get up and get to work due to economic constraints. But, it is much better to be safe and recover well from severe illnesses such as the H1N1 Virus than to risk it being prolonged or spread to other individuals.

The Ministry has sourced new and updated influenza vaccines that persons can take to help prevent the virus as well, so that’s an option to keep in mind. Now that we’ve got 7 months ahead of this flu season, we must be vigilant to keep ourselves and our family members protected as much as possible. Our lives may depend on it.