If the vaccine effectiveness is 40%, this means that 40 people in every 100 who have the vaccine will be protected against flu.’ NHS guidelines recommend simple prevention tactics: washing your hands regularly with soap and water, using tissues to cover your mouth when you sneeze, putting used tissues in the bin as soon as possible and regularly cleaning surfaces such as keyboards, phones and door handles.They also recommend staying off work if you feel unwell to prevent the flu’s spread.One of them even sent me a link to a video of Tinder International that showed a girl and a boy in a pub using Tinder and later, hooking up. After a month of chatting, we met and I was pleasantly surprised. In just over three years, Tinder claims to have made more than 10 billion matches, with India being one of its top-five growing markets in the world, with 14 million swipes, per day, an increase from 7.5 million in September 2015.You don’t expect quiet and reserved guys to be on Tinder, but he was exactly that. Claims Hitesh Dhingara, cofounder, Truly Madly: “We are about to hit over a million matches made on the app per month, as against a total of 2.2 million registered users.‘The best practical measure to avoid the flu is to practice good hygiene’, says Dr Pebody.‘An easy example of this is the “Catch it, bin it, kill it” campaign – when you cough or sneeze, catch it in a tissue, bin the tissue, and then wash your hands after.’ ‘Flu is characterised by a high temperature, chills, headache, aching muscles and joint pain and fatigue’ says Dr Pebody.The virus brings on severe flu symptoms, including a sore throat, headache and fever, though sufferers have also complained of arthritic-style joint pain and fatigue.
However, he still recommended that as many people as possible, particularly over 65s or pregnant women, get a preventative jab (Boots offer free vaccinations for people at risk.) Dr Richard Pebody says, ‘Typically effectiveness of a flu vaccine is in the range of 40-60%.As the population is not immune to this new virus, pandemics will cause a sharp rise in cases of the flu.This does not happen frequently and there is a lot of preparation that the UK and other countries have made to detect such pandemics early and put in place measures to try to mitigate their impact.’ ‘A cold is usually a milder respiratory illness than that caused by flu’, says Dr Richard Pebody, Head of Respiratory at Public Health England.“One guy straightaway asked me if he could come over, another asked me questions like ‘What are you wearing? After about 15 to 20 inappropriate encounters, I deleted the app,” says Sonali who joined the dating app after one of her friends suggested the idea.“The only good thing that came out of it was that I made a friend, with whom I shared common interests.However most prescribed flu remedies already contain these, so be careful not to exceed the recommended dose.’ Last September NHS chief Simon Stevens announced the aim of freeing up 3,000 beds.‘The signs from Australia and New Zealand, who are just coming out of winter, are that it has been a heavy flu season and many of the hospitals have struggled’ he said, ‘In some parts of this country there are real pressures, so we are using the next six to eight weeks to really be clear what the plan needs to be.‘While cold symptoms can make you feel unwell for a day or two, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to longer.With flu you are also more likely to have a high temperature and systemic symptoms such as shivering and muscle aches.My friend too was tired of meeting women on Tinder who were interested only in one-night stands.” “So, last year in February, I downloaded the app.There were more than five instant matches from different fields - media professionals, photographers, home tutors. Some of them wanted to meet me right away or exchange numbers.