Christmas and flu

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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

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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)
  • headache
  • chills
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • tiredness
  • aching muscles
  • dry cough
  • sore throat

Symptoms of cold

  • runny or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • 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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