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“Influenza is especially dangerous for the elderly and children. Multiply in the lungs, and it can lead to pneumonia and other diseases due to set the stage for the flu, especially in people over the age of 65, lung, heart, kidney, liver, and diabetes being treated for cancer in childhood, when the immune system was not fully developed and can be fatal,” said Dr. explained the 10 rules we should follow to protect against flu.

1- The most effective way is to get a flu shot at Turkey hospitals. Especially people who are in the risk group mentioned above should definitely be vaccinated.

2- Vaccination in Turkey will not only protect against the flu, but also prevent the development of other diseases that may develop after the flu ( such as bronchitis and pneumonia ).

3- The second best method of protection is to eat healthy. When we say healthy eating, we can immediately think of foods such as plenty of salads and fruits. But to strengthen our immune system, especially in winter, we will need to eat both vegetable and animal proteins.

4- In order to strengthen our immune system, it is necessary to eat foods rich in vitamin C and especially zinc. Salads with lemon and Turkish olive oil, and especially fresh oranges and tangerines, are an excellent source of vitamin C. As for zinc, we can consume spinach, lamb and beef, almonds, mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, beans, beans, peas, zucchini, turkey meat and chicken breast meat.

5- The flu passes through the air we breathe the most. For this reason, staying away from poorly ventilated and very crowded environments will protect us from the flu.

6- Another way to transmit the flu is through our hands. Especially when walking outside or walking around a Turkish store or shopping center, let’s make sure not to touch objects that we can touch with our hands (such as elevator buttons, stair handles, door handles, surfaces such as a leaning wall, poles located at stops), or if we are going to touch it, it will be good to take a napkin in our hand and touch it with it and then throw this napkin in the trash immediately. Let’s not forget that the disease is most often transmitted by hands, and we should never take our hands to the mouth and nose area while we are out. If we are going to take it away, let’s use a clean paper napkin.

7- For the health of others, if we are going to sneeze or, it is definitely useful to use a clean paper napkin and throw it away immediately.

8- We should never kiss our friends, even if we have a close friend who we meet on the way. Because we don’t know if he’s sick or not, nor do we know if he’s sick. If you make a move to kiss and hug, even if the person you are talking to is sick, in some cases he may not be able to graciously withdraw himself. In this case, the disease allows itself to spread.

9- We should try to wash our hands frequently and if we don’t have a special cup for ourselves where we work, choosing disposable cups will prevent the transmission of germs. In addition, we should carefully approach stationery materials such as pens that we use in the environment where we work in Turkey. If possible, we should try to use our own special ones only ourselves.

10- Our style of clothing in winter can also cause our body resistance to decrease. For this reason, even if it is extremely difficult, we should not allow our bodies to sweat unnecessarily or stay in the cold by removing clothes such as coats and jackets that are too much on us when we enter a closed and warm environment and wearing them when we go out.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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