Flu

Flu (influenza) is a respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus.

How do you contract the flu?

Flu, also known by its full name influenza, is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. If you have the flu it means your airways have become infected by the influenza virus. Most people who contract the flu present mild complaints.

What are the symptoms?

After contracting the flu you will feel poorly within a few hours.
The symptoms are:

  • Headache
  • Muscle ache
  • Cold shivers
  • Coughing
  • Fever

Incidentally, you can experience flu-like feelings will many other illnesses, so they don’t always mean that you actually have the flu.

How can you avoid getting the flu?

Try to avoid infection:

  • touch your nose and mouth as little as possible
  • use paper tissues
  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water

By getting a timely flu jab you’ll ensure that you are better protected against the flu for a year, thus reducing the likelihood that you’ll have to stay home sick. And even if you are unlucky enough to contract the flu, it will be milder and you’ll recover sooner. Everyone who doesn’t want to succumb to the flu is welcome to drop by KLM Health Services’ Travel Clinic for a flu jab. You can get your flu jab at one of our Travel Clinics at any time of the day that suits you. It’s best to get your jab between October and January, because the flu season can run from October well into the New Year. And if you want to avoid unnecessary waiting, just make an appointment.

The flu jab and your company

Would you like to protect your employees against the flu and thus avoid the kind of absenteeism that it can cause? KLM Health Services offers companies the option of having their employees vaccinated on-site, minimising the time lost through travel and missing work. We’ll be pleased to provide a bespoke offer for the on-site vaccination of your employees. If you’d like to receive more information about the flu jab or if you’re interested in having your employees vaccinated against the flu on-site, call us on: (020) 649 52 78, or email us at: travelclinic@klm.com