Influenza

Flu is an infectious and common viral illness that is spread by coughs and sneezes. It is not the same as the common cold and is caused by a different group of viruses. It usually lasts a week or so and is more severe causing:

  • sudden high temperature
  • headache
  • general aches and pains
  • tiredness
  • sore throat
  • loss of appetite, nausea
  • cough.

Flu symptoms can make you feel so exhausted and unwell that you have to stay in bed and rest until you feel better.

When to see a Doctor

If you are otherwise fit and healthy, there is usually no need to see a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms. 

The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower a high temperature and relieve aches.

You should see a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms and you:

  • are aged 65 or over
  • are pregnant
  • have a long-term medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease or a neurological disease
  • have a weakened immune system.

This is because flu can be more serious for you, and your doctor may want to prescribe antiviral medication.

In the UK, about 600 people a year die from a complication of seasonal flu. This rises to around 13,000 during an epidemic.

Prevention

Come in for a Flu Jab

Now being recommended for all children aged 2-18yr and to at risk groups.

Pregnant Women should have a flu jab.