England’s top doctors have predicted that hundreds of thousands of people could have their Christmas ruined by flu.
They are also predicting a rise in flu cases.
They say the flu season has started early this year, with lots of the virus circulating.
GP consultations for flu-like illnesses were up by a quarter to nearly 7,500 visits in the week ending 8 December.
Experts are urging anyone who has not yet had their flu vaccine to get immunized.
According to a BBC report, children are “super-spreaders” of flu and the over-65s are one of the “at-risk” groups that can develop health complications, such as pneumonia
What are the symptoms of the flu?
- People with flu normally feel very unwell for two or three days and will continue to experience symptoms for around another five days.
- After they feel tired and run down for a further two or three weeks.
- These symptoms usually develop very quickly and the most common symptoms of flu are a sudden fever (above 38°C or 100.4°F)
- runny or stuffy nose
- aching muscles
- dry cough
- sore throat
Symptoms of cold
- runny or blocked nose
- sore throat
- People suffering from cold may also have a mild fever., which can make a cold easy to confuse with flu.
- The symptoms of cold usually develop over one or two days.
- A cold develops gradually over one or two days.
- It is usually most contagious during the early stages when one has a runny nose and sore throat.
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