What to do when you think you have ‘the flu’
You may have seen press reports about stocks of influenza vaccine being limited. It will now only be available to patients who are funded to receive it; pregnant women, those over 65 and others made vulnerable by their serious health conditions.
If you have missed out on getting the vaccine you may find the advice below on managing symptoms helpful.
Please don’t hesitate to call us and speak to a nurse if symptoms are worsening or causing concern.
What is it?
– mild symptoms: fever, runny nose, headache.
– ‘the flu’ – Moderate to severe illness, high fever, shivering, cough, muscle aches.
– Really unwell, fever, shivering, stiff neck, vomiting, sensitive to bright lights, rash, getting worse quickly.
If meningitis is suspected check on the sick person frequently (at least every hour). A sick person should not remain on their own.
Treating Influenza symptoms
- Stay home to avoid spreading the virus
- Rest until your temperature is normal and you are feeling well, to let your body fight the virus
- Drink extra fluids
- Control your fever & aches with asprin or paracetamol for adults or with paracetamol only for children.
- Phone the nurse if your symptoms get worse or if you experience any of the following – breathing problems, severe headaches, dehydration, coughing up phlegm, stiff neck, dislike of bright light.