Flu symptoms

Illness and Health Conditions

What’s the difference between a cold and flu?

Flu can lost 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.

The main symptoms of flu are:

There are a variety of symptoms associated with flu like fever, headache, body aches, extreme tiredness and loss of appetite. It is common to get a runny nose and chills even when your temperature is high. Flu can last for up to a week.

To protect yourself you can have the flu vaccine, though the flu vaccine is currently only offered for free to children up to Year 4 or if you have an underlying health condition.

For more information go to http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Flu/Pages/Introduction.aspx