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The Flu Checker:
Question 1 of 5

Are your parents aged 65 years or older?
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You answered YES: The lungs and immune system naturally weaken with age. So, it becomes harder for older persons, like your parents, to fight the flu (influenza). They may experience the symptoms more severely and are also at high risk of developing serious complications.
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You answered NO: The flu can be serious at any age. Even young and healthy individuals commonly get hospitalised for the flu. Your parents are also at risk, especially as they approach their golden years.
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Question 2 of 5


Do your parents have any chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart failure, diabetes, or lung disease?
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You answered YES: Your parents are among the millions of Malaysians living with chronic diseases. They are under the threat of influenza. It worsens chronic diseases even when they are well controlled. It can trigger a stroke, heart attack, diabetic emergencies, and respiratory failure.
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You answered NO: That’s great! However, your parents still need to keep the flu at bay. Its complications can damage the lungs, heart, muscles, and nervous system in older people who do not have pre-existing chronic diseases.
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Question 3 of 5


Do your parents lead a socially active lifestyle?
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You answered YES: Interacting with friends is good for the mind and body. However, influenza has been shown to spread easily. Furthermore, flu season lasts all year round, unlike temperate countries where flu outbreaks tend to occur in winter.
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You answered NO: Your parents can still catch the flu. They may inhale the virus that is spread when infected people cough or sneeze. They may also get infected when touching their nostrils, eyes and mouth after contact with surfaces contaminated by the virus.
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Question 4 of 5


Do your parents need constant care at home?
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You answered YES: You lovingly help and support your frail and aged parents to stay well. However, influenza can have lasting effects and cause their condition to deteriorate rapidly. This will greatly increase the financial, emotional and physical burden you already have to bear.
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You answered NO: It is good to know your parents are still strong, mobile and independent. But the flu can change all that. A single bout could send them to hospital and rob them – and you – of freedom and peace of mind.
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Question 5 of 5


Thank you for staying with us and learning about the flu and older persons. It shows you are really concerned about your parents’ flu risk. Fortunately, you can protect them with flu vaccination. Please tell us what you plan to do next.
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Give your parents the love, care and protection they deserve in their golden years.

Spread what you have learnt about flu to relatives and friends. Flu prevention is an act of love.






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