October - 2019
Human influenza or “the flu” is a respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus. It typically starts with a headache, chills and cough. This is followed rapidly by fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches and fatigue, running nose, sneezing, watery eyes and throat irritation.
You feel unwell. You go to see your doctor to let her know you’re having trouble coping. Your job is causing you upset and you’re frustrated because everything is costing more money and you can’t make ends meet.
One of the nice things about being a community pharmacist — and writing for local media — is that I often receive feedback from patients and even suggestions on topics. Recently, a patient told me about his relative who has thalassemia minor and asked if I would write about it.