Longford Mass-goers advised not to shake hands as a sign of peace due to flu virus

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Longford Mass-goers advised not to shake hands as a sign of peace due to flu virus

Because of the present heightened threat posed by the flu virus, Bishop Francis Duffy has recommended that priests do not invite worshippers to use a handshake as a sign of peace at Mass.

HSE has recommended that you see your GP if any of the following applies to you:

* Your symptoms have got much worse, or you have developed other symptoms that are not typical of seasonal flu, such as a rash.

* Your symptoms have lasted for longer than a week.

* You have a medical condition that is making your flu worse.

Healthy people with seasonal flu do not need to contact their GP as they will get better on their own by taking over-the-counter flu remedies, resting, and drinking plenty of fluids. But the HSE has issued the following advice:

* Make sure you have plenty of rest and are taking paracetamol-based cold remedies to lower your temperature and relieve symptoms.

* Some over-the-counter treatments can be given to children who have flu, according to the instructions supplied with each medicine. Under-16s must not take aspirin or ready-made flu remedies containing it.

* Always read the medicine's label or check with the pharmacist that it is suitable for children to take.

* Drink plenty of fluids while you are recovering. You may need to stay in bed for two or three days after your symptoms peak.