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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.

To reduce the spread of flu, wash your hands often, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and bin used tissues straight away.

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

Flu is a common infection that can easily spread to other people. It usually gets better on its own, but it can make some people seriously ill.

Page last reviewed: 09/08/2023
Next review due: 05/09/2025