Flu – Symptoms and Treatment
The symptoms of
Flu symptoms can come on quickly.
They can include:
- a sudden fever – a temperature of
38C or above
- feeling tired or exhausted
The most effective treatment for flu
To should get better more quickly if
Get advice from a pharmacist
A pharmacist can advise on and
provide recommend flu remedies. These may contain paracetamol or ibuprofen.
They are formulated to lower your
temperature and relieve aches and pains.
If you need advice about flu
symptoms urgently, call 111.
This is advisable if:
- you are
worried about a baby's or child's symptoms
- you have a
long-term medical condition, e.g. diabetes or a heart, lung, kidney or
- you have a
weakened immune system, e.g. because of chemotherapy or HIV
symptoms do not improve after 7 days
can arrange a phone call from a nurse or doctor if you need one.
How to avoid spreading the 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
The best way to avoid getting flu is to have an annual flu vaccination.
These are available in the autumn ahead of the main flu season.
Contact your local GP surgery or pharmacy for details. They will tell you
if you are eligible to receive a flu vaccination free on the NHS.