How do I protect myself against the current flu epidemic?

The flu epidemic in Belgium and the Netherlands continues, we are currently experiencing a peak in the number of infections. In the last weeks of January, an estimated 1 in 1,000 people had flu-like symptoms, which indicates a real epidemic.

Young children and adults over 50 seem to be the most affected by the flu. But no group is completely spared, and during this surge many people are wondering how they can protect themselves and prevent possible infection.

An annoying virus

The flu, also known as influenza, is a common viral infection that affects millions of people worldwide every year. Although most cases are mild, the flu can cause serious complications, especially in vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and people with weakened immune systems.

Causes of the Flu

The flu is caused by the influenza virus. There are several subtypes of the influenza virus, including influenza A, B, and C. Influenza A and B are responsible for annual flu outbreaks in humans, while influenza C usually causes milder symptoms.

In the majority of cases in recent days (about 90%), influenza virus A was detected, while the remainder was caused by influenza B virus. This is consistent with findings from previous years, with influenza virus A often responsible for more severe flu seasons.

The influenza virus is spread by airborne droplets released when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. People can also get the virus by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes.

Protect against the flu

First of all, it is important to maintain good hygiene measures, such as washing hands regularly, coughing and sneezing into the elbow, and avoiding close contact with sick people. In addition, avoiding crowded places and improving overall health through a healthy diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep can strengthen the immune system and increase resistance to infections.

At Metis we also see the results of this peak, people are choosing our Winter Essentials en masse. Why do people choose our Winter Essentials? A supplement can be a very valuable addition during a flu epidemic, in which the immune system can use extra support. A supplement can strengthen the immune system and help improve resistance to viral infections, such as the flu.

Our Winter Essentials include Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system and helps fight infections. Zinc plays a crucial role in the body's immune response and can reduce the duration and severity of flu symptoms. Vitamin D3, in turn, is essential for a healthy immune system and can help maintain vitamin D levels and reduce the risk of flu infection, especially during the winter months when exposure to sunlight is limited.

So we expect that this year the seasonal product will run out of stock much faster. That is why we would like to inform the readers of our newsletter about this. This way you still have the opportunity to order our Winter Essentials and hopefully stay healthy in the coming weeks.

Order the Metis Winter Essentials

Pharmacist Dirk
Founder Metis Supplements

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