Preventing the spread of flu
What is flu?
Getting flu is a miserable experience, anyone can get flu but for some flu can lead to serious complications.
Flu is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus. Symptoms can be mild to severe. The most common symptoms include: high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pains, headache, coughing, chills, loss of appetite and feeling tired. Read more on seasonal flu.
If you’re otherwise fit and healthy, there’s usually no need to see a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms. The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
How to stop flu spreading
You can help stop yourself catching flu or spreading it to others with good hygiene measures.
- always wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water
- regularly clean surfaces such as your computer keyboard, telephone and door handles to get rid of germs
- using tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in a bin as soon as possible.
You can also help stop the spread of flu by avoiding unnecessary contact with other people while you are infectious. You should stay off work or school until you are feeling better. Read more on flu prevention.
- Flu vaccine FAQs
- Children’s flu vaccine FAQ’s
- NHS Choices website
- The flu vaccination – Winter 2019/20