Flu can be caught all year round, however, it is more common during the winter months. Flu is not the same as a common cold, it is caused by a different group of viruses and flu symptoms tend to be more severe and last longer.
Some of the main symptoms of flu are:
- High temperature (fever) of 38C or above.
- Tiredness and weakness.
- General aches and pains.
- Dry chesty cough.
If you are fit and healthy we do not recommend coming to see your GP about your flu symptoms. Please be aware that we cannot give antibiotics for flu or cold symptoms as this has no effect on the symptoms.Instead we give our patients advice on how to treat their flu symptoms at home.
- Lots of rest and sleep
- Keeping warm
- Taking paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
We advise you speak to your local Pharmacist if the home remedies do not seem to be working. They will be able to advise you on what over the counter remedies you can buy to help relieve your symptoms.