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What is the Flu?

Influenza (flu) is a viral infection affecting the lungs and airways. The symptoms can appear very quickly and include:

  • headache
  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • aching muscles & joints

Complications include bacterial pneumonia, and can be life threatening especially in:

  • older people
  • those with certain underlying health conditions

It occurs most often in winter in the UK and peaks between January and March.

Annual flu programme

Vaccination of at risk groups and children can offer some protection against infection. The NHS plans each year for the demands of flu across England in its annual flu programme. In light of the risk of flu and COVID-19 co-circulating this winter, the national flu
immunisation programme will be absolutely essential to protecting vulnerable people
and supporting the resilience of the health and care system,

How to treat flu yourself

To help you get better more quickly:

  • rest and sleep
  • keep warm
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains
  • drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration (your pee should be light yellow or clear)

Seek advice from pharmacist

A pharmacist can give treatment advice and recommend flu remedies.

Be careful not to use flu remedies if you’re taking paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets as it’s easy to take more than the recommended dose.Information:

*****Do not go to a pharmacy if you have a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, it could be Coronavirus.****
Ask someone to go for you if you can

Whats the Difference between Cold and Flu?

How to avoid spreading the flu

Flu is very infectious and easily spread to other people. You’re more likely to give it to others in the first 5 days.

Flu is spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.

To reduce the risk of spreading flu:

  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap
  • use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible

See how to wash your hands correctly

How to prevent flu?

The flu vaccine reduces the risk of catching flu, as well as spreading it to others.

It’s more effective to get the vaccine before the start of the flu season (December to March).