The FACTS about flu
Think You Have the Flu? Know the FACTS
Flu is very different from another ailment such as a cold or just feeling under the weather. It knocks you flat! Flu is a much more serious illness. While most people can recover from a cold in two to three days, it can take up to two weeks for people to recover from flu. Flu symptoms hit you suddenly and severely and their effects can be debilitating. Its important to know the difference because if its the flu, the sooner you can get help from your doctor, the better.
Symptoms of Flu:
You may get any of the following symptoms:
Babies and small children with flu can also have the following symptoms:
With 'normal' flu the symptoms should usually peak after two to three days and you should begin to feel much better within five to eight days.
So far, most swine flu cases have been mild, with symptoms similar to those of seasonal flu. The main points to look out for relating to swine flu are:
Only a small number of people have had more serious symptoms, to ensure a correct diagnosis contact your local healthcare centre first, before visiting.
If you are usually fit and healthy, you can treat your symptoms of flu at home with the help of Paracetamol, bed rest and antivirals which may reduce the severity of symptoms and length of time that they last.
With regards to swine flu the treatment process is very similar with paracetamol and bedrest being the preferred options. However, stocks of antiviral medicines oseltamavir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) and antibiotics are also available to treat anyone who becomes ill during the current pandemic.
Which people are most vulnerable from swine flu?
Those who are more at risk from becoming seriously ill with swine flu are people with: