What to do if you have flu

It’s important to remember that for most people, flu is a mild illness that can be treated at home with rest, plenty of fluids and medicine, such as paracetamol, as directed to control the symptoms.

If symptoms don’t improve within two to three days, or if you have a high temperature and breathing difficulties, you should contact your GP or the GP out of hours service.

You should not attend an Emergency Department unless it’s urgent and essential.

How to use your health services 

If you’re pregnant or considered high-risk, you should call your doctor if you suspect you might have flu. High-risk groups are:

  • pregnant women

and/or people who have:

  • a chronic chest/lung condition
  • a chronic heart condition
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic kidney disease
  • diabetes
  • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroids or cancer therapy
  • a chronic neurological condition such as stroke, multiple sclerosis or a condition that affects your nervous system such as cerebral palsy
  • a very high body weight (BMI greater than 40)
  • any other serious medical condition – check with your doctor if you’re unsure.