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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:
Flu symptoms can make you feel so exhausted and unwell that you have to stay in bed and rest until you feel better.
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 should see a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms and you:
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.
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.