S.L.E patient like me or having some other kind of autoimmune diseases ? Stay safe from this cold and flu season

Flu viruses are spread primarily from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Sometimes a person can get infected by touching a surface or object that has the droplets of the virus on it, and then touching their nose or mouth.

People with autoimmune diseases and chronic or systemic inflammatory illnesses are at an increased risk for infections (like seasonal flu), compared to others. Having related autoimmune diseases and complications also mean that if you do get sick, it may take longer to recover, compared to someone without the disease.

So follow the basics of prevention—wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (or an alcohol-based hand rub) before touching these areas of your body (or eating), and keep your distance from people who may be infected!

A request to members of the public. Be it travelling by the common transports, workplaces,classrooms or in any closed area, PLEASE DO FOLLOW PERSONAL HYGIENE PRACTICES which include respiratory etiquette such as covering the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing and appropriate disposal of used tissues. Contribute and show support being and acting as a responsible citizen. Thank you.

Anshika Sawaram

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The cold and flu season is upon us again and I already got a corker lasting for more than 3 weeks and now high fever kicking off again! High incidences of flu have been reported in several of our medical institutions and some of you may already have been dealing with these annual nuisances.

When you have lupus, you have to be careful to protect yourself from viruses because they have the potential to not only make you feel horrible from the illness itself but to cause a flare or increased activity of your lupus, providing a double whammy. The use of strong immune suppressants may put some of you at an even higher risk for contracting a virus. This is because the goal of lupus treatment is to suppress your immune system so that it does not produce auto (self) antibodies that cause lupus symptoms. When your immune system is…

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