Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. You can catch flu all year round but it's especially common during the winter months.
It's not the same as the common cold. Flu usually starts more suddenly, is more severe, and lasts longer.
MAIN SYMPTOMS OF FLU INCLUDE:
a high temperature of 38C or above (100.4F)
tiredness and weakness, so much that you need to stay in bed.
general aches and pains.
a dry chesty cough.
YOU CAN HELP STOP YOURSELF CATCHING FLU OR SPREADING TO OTHERS:
washing hands regularly.
cleaning surfaces such as computers, telephones and door handles to get rid of germs.
using tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you need to cough or sneeze.
putting used tissues in a bin as soon as possible.
avoiding unnecessary contact with other people while you're infectious.
TO EASE SYMPTOMS:
rest at home.
keep warm and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower a high temperature and to relieve aches if necessary.
stay off work or school until you're feeling better, for most people this will take about a week.
WHEN TO SEE YOUR GP:
If you are normally fit and healthy, there is usually no need to see a doctor but consider contacting your GP if;
- you're 65 years of age and over
- you're pregnant
- you have a chronic medical condition - diabetes, heart/lung/kidney disease, neurological disease
- you have a weakened immune system - you're having chemotherapy or have HIV
- you have developed chest pain, difficulty breathing or start coughing up blood
- your symptoms are getting worse over time or haven't improved after a week
For more information visit http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu
CALL 111 IF YOU ARE CONCERNED OR NEED ADVICE