Throughout each phase of an influenza pandemic the council has robust arrangements in place to ensure that essential services are maintained for the residents of Hillingdon. You can often treat the flu without seeing a GP and should begin to feel better in about a week.
Check if you have flu
Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include:
a sudden fever - a temperature of 38C or above
an aching body
feeling tired or exhausted
a dry cough
a sore throat
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.
The NHS website has information on how to check your symptoms and treat colds and flu yourself.
Pharmacists can give treatment advice and recommend flu remedies. 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.
If you are concerned about your symptoms, call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk.
Call 999 or go to Accident and Emergency if you:
develop sudden chest pain
have difficulty breathing
start coughing up blood
Avoid spreading the flu
Flu is very infectious and easily spread to other people. You're more likely to give it to others in the first 5 days.
Flu is spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.