THE Davao City Health Office (CHO) is advocating for an extension of its health advisory to encompass the Commission on Higher Education-Davao Region (CHED-Davao Region) and other workplaces in the city, due to a surge in flu-like illnesses.
Dr. Margie B. Roa-Rubio, Assistant MD of CHO, said in a radio interview on the morning of Friday, September 29, that it's not just children who are being affected by these flu-like illnesses.
“Kung pwede gani mao tung nag suggest me na kung pwede ma expand natu ang advisory not only to DepEd but also to Ched because we have college schools and we also encourage sa mga workplace (We suggested that maybe we could expand the health advisory not only to DepEd but also to Ched because we have college schools and we also encourage it in workplaces),” Rubio said.
She said that when one has a cold and cough, it's inevitable not to infect colleagues, especially within a workplace.
Rubio pointed out that aside from workplaces, enclosed spaces like public transportation can be hotspots for transmitting flu-like illnesses. She strongly recommended the use of face masks to mitigate the risk of contracting the illness.
She urged all Dabawenyos to receive their flu vaccines, emphasizing that they are typically administered before the rainy season, particularly in the first quarter of the year. This vaccine provides one year of protection, prompting the office to encourage people to get vaccinated annually.
She mentioned that children under one year old can receive the flu vaccine and will require another dose as they get older.
However, the Local Government Unit (LGU) has allocated flu vaccines only for senior citizens since they are part of the vulnerable group. She said contracting the flu-like illness would not pose a threat to healthy adults.
“Kay kung strong lang jud imong immune system, mild lang nga ubo ug sip-on maka recover ra gyud ka kay viral lang mana siya (If you have a strong immune system, when you have a cold and cough you will recover immediately since it is only vira),” Rubio said.
Rubio underscored the importance of closely monitoring patients exhibiting flu-like symptoms, as some signs of respiratory infection overlap with those of dengue and Covid-19. Therefore, if someone experiences these symptoms, they should be promptly taken to a hospital for immediate medical attention. RGP