Chronic disease patients & Older persons

Act Of Love Many Malaysian adults live with one or more non-communicable diseases, such as, type 2 diabetes mellitus, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, chronic kidney disease and liver disease that are immunosuppressive. Such medical conditions make it much harder to fight and recover from a flu infection11. A host of adverse events can […]

Help Your Asthmatic Child Stay Safe From Flu

Act Of Love Breathe in, breathe out…repeat. It’s supposed to be effortless but it’s different for your child. You just know when that mild wheeze starts getting more intense, accompanied by coughing or difficulty breathing. So you immediately get the necessary medicines or rush him or her to the hospital. You do all you can […]

Influenza, A Real Threat To Young Children

Act Of Love In their imaginary world, children could be superheroes fighting fearsome monsters. In real life, however, children are quite helpless against many threats to their health and well-being. Influenza is one of them. Worldwide, this disease is responsible for between 290,000 and 650,000 respiratory-related deaths annually1, many involving young children.   Younger Age, […]

How can flu trigger a heart attack?

Act Of Love Catching the flu can lead to hypoxia, or less oxygen in the blood, which could affect the heart muscle and trigger a heart attack. Flu also comes with inflammation, which can cause plaque that has built up in the arteries to break off, leading to a heart attack. Getting the annual flu […]

Getting Ready For That Big Vacation?

Act Of Love Here’s why you don’t want influenza to wreck your carefully-laid out plans The holiday season is finally here! If you were having a busy year, then you certainly are looking forward to that big vacation you had planned meticulously for. After all, just like everyone else, you can’t wait to trade your […]

Flu Vaccination for Travellers & Pilgrims

Act Of Love Flu is the most common vaccine-preventable health risk for business travellers, vacationers and pilgrims16. They can catch the bug while on an airplane or simply by being near infected persons in crowded places. Fortunately, travellers can prevent the flu from spoiling their trips by getting vaccinated at least 2 weeks before taking […]

People with Respiratory Conditions

Act Of Love Respiratory or lung conditions include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis and pulmonary fibrosis12. Those who have these conditions need to be especially aware of risks stemming from the flu. Each year, about 17% of flu-related deaths are seen in people with chronic respiratory diseases13. Asthma is the most […]

The leading causes of disability linked to flu

Act Of Love The loss of the ability to perform two or more daily activities represents catastrophic functional decline. This can include losing the ability to get dressed, walk around, or bathe. The six leading causes of catastrophic disability including strokes, congestive heart failure, pneumonia and influenza, ischemic heart disease, cancer and hip fracture, have […]

Why Are Seniors at Risk of Having Severe Flu?

Act Of Love Elderly above the age of 65 are at greater risk of serious complications from flu compared to young and healthy adults, because human immune systems weaken with age. Flu can be even more dangerous for elderly who have:6 • Asthma• Diabetes• Chronic lung disease• Obesity issues• Heart or liver or kidney problems• An […]

Can wearing a mask protect you?

Act Of Love A study showed that masks led to a more than threefold reduction in how much flu virus people sprayed into the air. But sometimes you can even get the flu by touching a surface that has the virus on it, like elevator buttons or doorknobs, and then touching your mouth or nose. […]