‘Flu

Influenza (’flu) virus

’Flu or influenza is a highly infectious viral illness, most common during seasonal shifts, & which spreads through the body via the respiratory tract.
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’Flu symptoms usually come on quite quickly, and unlike a cold, can be quite severe early on, usually with fever & body aches.

The worst symptoms can last for a week or more and may be severe enough to keep you in bed for a number of days. The symptoms can linger on after the worst of the infection has passed.

If you have flu symptoms and have difficulty with breathing, sudden dizziness, severe or persistent vomiting, you should get medical care right away.

Causes

’Flu is highly contagious and can be contracted from being in contact with someone who has the virus, as it is easily spread through their coughs & sneezes.

You can catch it from touching anything that someone with an active ’flu virus has recently touched (such as a keyboard, door handle, or cup handle), and of course from kissing or close physical contact with an infected person.

 

Symptoms

  • Fever of 38C (100.4F) degrees or above
  • Chills
  • Blocked or runny nose
  • Fatigue & weakness
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing, sneezing
  • Muscle aches and/or joint pain
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Reduced or no appetite

What to do next?

Give us a call or use our online booking system to make an appointment if you are not feeling well. We can advise you regarding relevant treatments & can answer any questions you may have about flu vaccination.

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