Throughout each phase of an influenza pandemic, the council has robust arrangements in place to ensure essential services are maintained for Hillingdon residents. 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 (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.