Flu or influenza is a common viral infection spread by coughs and sneezes. It is most prevalent through the winter months.
Flu is more severe than the common cold and has symptoms of:
- High temperature
- Tiredness (weak and fatigue)
- Generalised aches
If you are in one of the at risk groups you may need to consider antiviral medication:
- you're 65 years of age or over
- you're pregnant (see your GP)
- you have a long-term medical condition such as ,diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease or a neurological disease
- you have a weakened immune system – for example, because you're having chemotherapy or have HIV.
- you develop chest pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or start coughing up blood. (see your GP)
- your symptoms are getting worse over time or haven't improved after a week
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