For many people, the flu won’t need a diagnosis or medical treatment. As it’s caused by a virus, antibiotics won’t help.
If you are fit and healthy, you will usually just need to rest at home until you recover, usually taking around a week. Here are some self-care measures you can try whilst you’re getting better:
Some people are at higher risks of complications from the flu. You should speak to a doctor if you have flu and you are pregnant, over the age of 65 or if your symptoms don’t get better after a week. If you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes, heart disease or asthma, or a weakened immune system, you should also see a GP.
If your baby or child is showing severe flu symptoms, or if you’re worried about them, you should see a GP for more advice.
If you start coughing up blood, have chest pain or breathing difficulties, go to ER or call 112 urgently.
You should also take steps to minimise the chances of passing the flu on to other people, as it is contagious. Try to: