What’s the difference between a cold and flu?
Flu can last longer than a cold. You will feel much more poorly with flu and unlikely to want to get out of bed. Flu is caused by the influenza virus whereby colds can be caused by many different viruses.
You can often treat the flu without seeing a GP and should begin to feel better in about a week.
Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include:
- A sudden fever – a temperature of 38οC or above
- An aching body
- Feeling tired or exhausted
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhoea or tummy pain
- Feeling sick and being sick
The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also get pain in their ear and appear less active.
A pharmacist can help with flu – they can give treatment advice and recommend flu remedies.
However be careful not to use flu remedies if you're taking paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets as it's easy to take more than the recommended dose.
To protect yourself you can have the flu vaccine. Discover if you're eligible for the free NHS flu vaccine using the useful links section.
Flu - NHS
Flu Vacination - GOV
Flu Vacination Leaflet - (pdf)