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Health feature

Dr Carl Ellson - Flu

15 January 2018

You will have seen plenty of stories in the press over the past week or so about flu and the increase in cases that we’re seeing in many areas across the country.
This has led to people visiting their GP surgery or a hospital with flu like symptoms, increasing pressure on NHS services.

Often the best way to manage and treat flu is by staying at home, getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated and taking paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and relieve aches and pains.

Your local pharmacist will be able give you advice and recommend any flu remedies that might be useful.

Symptoms of flu can come on very quickly and can include:
  • Fever
  • Aching body
  • Feeling tired
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite

There’s usually no need to see your GP if you have flu, unless your symptoms don’t improve after seven days or you’re in an ‘at risk’ group, such as over 65 years old, pregnant, have a long term condition or if you’re worried about a small child.

If you are unfortunate enough to be struck down with flu, it’s important that you do all you can to stop the spread to others. Flu is very infectious, so taking a few steps can help:
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap
  • Use tissues when you cough and sneeze
  • Bin the tissues after use, as quickly as possible
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with others

The best form of protection again the spread of flu is the vaccine and if you’re in one of the ‘at risk’ groups, it’s not too late to get vaccinated. Talk to your GP or pharmacist today.

For more information, including hints and tips to stay well this winter, visit www.nhs.uk/staywell