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Don't let the flu get you down this winter
The NHS is already getting prepared for the flu season.
Flu is a nasty illness, lasting seven to ten days, and transmitted from person to person via coughs and sneezes. The normal flu season usually starts in November and can last until early into the New Year.
People at risk of complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia following flu are:
- Older people and young children
- Patients with asthma, COPD, heart or kidney disease
- Patients taking oral steroids and chemotherapy Your surgery should contact those at risk for a jab every autumn free on the NHS.
Facts about Flu
- The flu vaccine is not ‘live’ and therefore cannot give you flu
- 3,000-4,000 people die every year from flu
- Last year’s flu jab will not work this year – the virus changes every year and the vaccine is made to protect against the strains that are most likely
- It is not possible to predict how bad flu will be each year, so don’t be complacent
- Antibiotics are of no use in treating flu.
The best ways to treat the symptoms of flu:
- Get plenty of rest. The body uses a lot of energy fighting infections
- Keep warm
- Make sure you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and try hot water with lemon, ginger and honey to relieve symptoms such as sore throat
- Take paracetamol or anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen to lower a high temperature and relieve aches.
Ilkley Moor Pharmacy is providing the flu vaccination for patients not eligible to receive it free of charge from their GP practice.
Call (01943) 604 206 for more details or to book an appointment.