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MEDICAL MYTHS OF OLD WIVES' TALES!

Byline: By JOANNE DOUGLAS News Reporter

MORE than half of all patients in Yorkshire succumb to old wives' tales to beat the symptoms of flu and heavy colds.

What are widely viewed as trusty tips to stave off sickness - from vitamin C to carrying garlic - are myths, says the Government's Health Department.

It says people should rely on medical advice rather than tales passed down the generations.

But as NHS Kirklees finalises its annual anti-flu campaign half of Yorkshire folk say they will turn to old wives' tales to beat the bug.

A Health Department study shows that about half of Yorkshire people follow the methods rather than take the advice of their GP when it comes to the prevention and cure of the flu virus.

The study also shows that a third of people confuse flu symptoms with a heavy cold.

A department spokesman said ignorance over the difference between the common cold and the potentially more serious flu virus could be putting thousands of people at risk of serious health complications.

Health workers are advising people at risk to get a flu jab when the vaccine becomes available throughout Kirklees this month.

Last year the take-up among at-risk groups in the borough was 78%.

Health chiefs want people over 65, those under 65 but with chronic conditions, poultry workers, frontline NHS staff and people in general practice to sign up for flu jabs.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 9, 2008
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