Expatriate medical insurance policyholders should not underestimate how poorly they will feel should they catch flu.
This is the view of Dr Catherine Hood, scientific advisor to Mentholatum responsebeta Anti-viral hand sanitizer, who noted that bed rest is the most important thing to do should someone come down with the seasonal illness.
"Keep warm and get plenty of rest," she advised.
"Take regular paracetamol or ibuprofen to keep your temperature under control – other over the counter treatments can help symptoms too. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and wait for the infection to pass."
Expatriate insurance customers who suspect they are suffering from flu should not try to see their doctor in case they spread the virus to other, more vulnerable people, but if symptoms appear to worsen after 48 hours, it may be wise to phone a healthcare professional.
Dr Hood's comments come after Britain's Health Protection Agency found 27 individuals have died in the UK since October with confirmed flu, of which nine were children.