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Flu

Flu can often get better on its own but can make some people seriously ill. There is an annual flu vaccination available.

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Common Symptoms

Flu symptoms come on quickly and include:

  • Sudden high temperature of 38c or above
  • Aching body
  • Feeling tired or exhausted
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea or tummy pain
  • Feeling sick and being sick

Treatment at home

  • Rest and sleep
  • Keep warm
  • Take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains
  • Drink water to avoid dehydration
  • Over the counter remedies to ease symptoms (ask your pharmacist)

When should I book a GP?

  • You’re worried about your baby’s or child’s symptoms
  • You’re 65 or over
  • You’re pregnant
  • You have a long-term medical condition – for example, diabetes or a heart, lung, kidney or neurological disease
  • You have a weakened immune system – for example, because of chemotherapy or HIV
  • Your symptoms do not improve after 7 days
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