Here is some information about the flu for your benefit:

Viruses are what cause 100% of the flu and colds so you can’t treat them with antibiotics. Here are some things that will help:

  • Rest Your body needs to rest in a warm and comfortable place so your immune system can fight the virus. This means you may need to take time off school or work.
  • Fluids Drink plenty of fluids such as water and fruit juice to prevent your nose and throat from getting dry, and keep your body hydrated.
  • Pain Relief You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve any aches and pains or reduce a fever. Make sure you follow the guidelines on the package or directions given to you by your doctor.
  • Decongestants To relieve a blocked nose or dry a runny one, you can take decongestant tablets or nasal sprays. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to advise you the best one.
  • Lozenges and Gargles Lozenges can soothe sore throats and gargling several times a day with a mixture of 1/2 tsp salt added to 1 cup of warm water can also help. Gargle the salt water in your throat for 30 seconds and then spit it out.

Most cold and flu symptoms will clear by 7 to 10 days but in the meantime it is important that you rest and take time off. You will be infectious for 7 to 14 days afterwards so do your best to prevent spreading it to others. Remember to wash your hands often and catch coughs and sneezes in the crook of your arm.

Get immunized. Don’t forget to get your annual influenza vaccination