Monday 22 January 2018

Do you really have the flu?

Flu season is continuing
Flu season is continuing

The symptoms of influenza, more commonly known as the flu, usually develop over the course of a few hours.

The most common symptoms of the flu include a high temperature, sore muscles, dry cough, headache and sore throat.

The flu is often mistaken for the common cold, which tends to progress more gradually and includes a runny nose with a normal temperature.

Anyone who gets flu should stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and use over-the-counter remedies like paracetamol to ease symptoms, said the HSE.

Anyone in one of the high-risk categories, such as the elderly and those with medical conditions, should contact their GP if they develop the flu, for whom GPs may wish to prescribe antivirals.

Irish Independent

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