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While at the same time recommending the entire population over the age of six
months get their annual flu shots, the Health Ministry advised the public –
especially the elderly and young children – to avoid exposure to the heat during
the heat wave expected on Monday.
The ministry urges the public not to
remain outdoors during the hottest part of the day and never to leave children
or pets in closed vehicles.
Drink adequate water – eight to 10 glasses,
unless a doctor prescribes otherwise – throughout the day ad avoid heavy
physical activity, including treks on foot, during the hot weather.
vigorous bicycle riding or running by seemingly healthy adults on very hot days
has in recent years led to heatstroke and tragic deaths, the ministry
Sudden weakness, dizziness, nausea or confusion may be a sign of
The individual with such symptoms needs urgent medical
At the same time, the High Holy Days are the sign that the
health funds’ flu vaccination campaign has begun. A total of 200,000 people –
including the elderly living in institutions and medical personnel – have
already been vaccinated, the ministry said, but there are supplies for many
People who have chronic disease, are elderly or have weak immune
systems are at highest risk, but everyone should consider getting vaccinated, as
they can be unable to go to work or can infect others who are at high risk.
Going early for the vaccination is recommended, as it takes two or three weeks
until the full complement of antibodies are produced in the body, and the cold
weather could begin before then.
Meanwhile, as Succot approaches, amateur
“construction workers” are urged to take care when using ladders and nails. Once
the succa is built, do not light candles inside them to avoid the fires that
occur every year.
Electric lighting should be safe and be attached
without direct contact with the sides of the succa or directly touching the mats
or branches and leaves that cover it.
Use “cold” fluorescent light rather
than hot incandescent bulbs. One must never install heating or cooking equipment
in the succot.