You should just rest at home until you feel better, while keeping warm, drinking plenty of water and taking painkillers if necessary. Read more about how to treat flu. In these situations, you may need extra treatment to prevent or treat complications of flu.
Usually, you can manage flu symptoms yourself at home and there's no need to see a GP. Most people feel better within a week. You should consider seeing your GP if you're at a higher risk of becoming more seriously ill. If you're otherwise healthy, you can look after yourself at home by resting, keeping warm and drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
Children under 16 shouldn't be given aspirin. See your GP if your symptoms get worse or last longer than a week. Read the page on preventing flu for more information about stopping the infection spreading to others.
Antivirals work by stopping the flu virus from multiplying in the body. Recent research has suggested that Tamiflu and Relenza may not be effective at reducing the risk of flu complications and could cause side effects, so not all doctors agree they should be used.
In the light of this evidence, Public Health England says it is important that doctors treating severely unwell patients continue to prescribe these drugs where appropriate. For more information read the NICE guidelines on antivirals to treat influenza.
Complications of flu mostly affect people in high-risk groups, such as the elderly, pregnant women and those who have a long-term medical condition or weakened immune system. The most common complication of flu is a bacterial chest infection , such as bronchitis. Occasionally, this can become serious and develop into pneumonia. If you get flu while you're pregnant, there's a risk that the infection could cause problems with your pregnancy.
Adults over 18 and children aged 6 months to less than 2 years in these groups are given an annual injection, while children aged 2 to 17 are given an annual nasal spray. The best time to have the vaccine is in the autumn, between September and early November. If you fall within one of the eligible groups listed above, contact your GP practice for your vaccine.
You should have the flu vaccination every year so you stay protected. Find out if you're eligible for the free NHS flu vaccine. Flu vaccination and side effects for adults. Flu vaccination and side effects for children. See our boundary map for details.
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The Groves Hinchley Wood. Symptoms Things you can try How a pharmacist can help When to get medical help How to stop it spreading Prevention. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May. February generally sees the most cases.
Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu, the CDC says. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.
Learn more about the symptoms, causes and prevention of this potentially fatal viral infection that Most people who get the flu can treat themselves at home and often don't need to see a doctor. If you have flu symptoms and are at risk of complications, see your doctor right away. Remaining Time Roughly 1 in 5 unvaccinated people had the flu between and , but only a quarter of them had symptoms, a study found. That could.
Almost anywhere, if they are available. CVS and Rite-Aid are among drug stores that say the shots are free with most insurance plans, no appointment necessary. Some supermarkets that have pharmacies, such as Safeway, also provide the shots.