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Flu

Flu is a common infection that can easily spread to other people.

The symptoms of flu are similar to a very bad cold. They include a high temperature, an aching body, tiredness and a headache.

Flu will usually get better in about a week if you rest, keep warm, drink plenty of fluids and take painkillers. Antibiotics do not help with flu.

You can help avoid flu by getting the flu vaccine every year.

Read more on the NHS website.

The symptoms of flu are similar to a very bad cold. They include a high temperature, an aching body, tiredness and a headache.

Check if you have flu

Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include:

The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also get pain in their ear and appear less active.

Read more on the NHS website.

Flu will usually get better in about a week if you rest, keep warm, drink plenty of fluids and take painkillers. Antibiotics do not help with flu.

Self-care

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)

Medical treatments

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.

Read more on the NHS website.

You can help avoid flu by getting the flu vaccine every year.

Read more on the NHS website.