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Know What to Do When You Get Flu

February 25, 2015 12:00 AM

News Image Public Health officials have today warned residents across Greater Glasgow and Clyde that there has been a rise in the number of people contracting flu and what to do if you have signs and symptoms.

They are also urging any hospital visitors who have experienced any flu symptoms within the last forty-eight hours not to visit hospital and to remind them of the importance of hand hygiene when entering and leaving hospital premises.

The warning comes as one ward at Glasgow Royal Infirmary remains closed to new admissions due to a rise in patients with flu.

The normal seasonal flu has affected more people than normal and by recognising the signs and symptoms and taking the appropriate care most people will recover within four to seven days.

Gillian Penrice, Consultant in Public Health Medicine said: “As the flu season sets in, it is important to be aware of the symptoms and act accordingly.

“Common symptoms of flu include fever, shivering, aching muscles and joints, tiredness and sore ears, which can see sufferers bed-ridden for several days.

“These signs are what make flu different from the common cold. In short, the infection begins suddenly and symptoms are more severe.

“There is a misconception that seeking antibiotics from a doctor will alleviate flu symptoms but this is not the case. Antibiotics will not help relieve flu symptoms.

“Anyone who has flu-like symptoms does not need to seek medical help. Sufferers should drink plenty of fluids and take paracetamol to lower body their temperature.

“Local pharmacists can offer expert advice over the counter.”

If people with symptoms follow this advice they will recover within days.

However if symptoms persist or get worse, particularly for people over the age of 65, people with chronic heart or chest complaints such as asthma or bronchitis, people with chronic kidney disease, diabetes or anyone whose immunity to disease is lowered, they should contact their GP in the first instance or NHS 24 on 111 if out of hours.

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For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

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