8 IMPORTANT Things You Might Not Know About The Flu In Singapore

What’s the difference between a cold and flu and just how serious is the flu?
19 July 2019

Read up on these facts to better protect yourself against this potentially deadly virus.

The month of May marks the start of the first flu season in Singapore. Flu, also known as influenza, is unpredictable and causes a significant burden globally each year, placing strain on healthcare systems and the economy.

Public-health authorities consider seasonal flu to be a serious public-health concern, not only causing severe illness and death, but also taking a considerable economic toll through lost workforce productivity and strained health services.

Each year, Singapore’s annual seasonal influenza epidemics result in more than 520,000 outpatient visits, approximately 1,500 hospitalisations, 600 deaths, and 315,000 work days lost, according to figures from the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Dr Ong Kian Chung, respiratory medicine specialist at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, shares some facts about the flu:

By Joyce Chua, July 2019 / Images: Shutterstock

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