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What should you do if you get flu?
If you are not in an at risk group, you should stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and take analgesics (paracetamol for all ages; aspirin may be taken by adults).
Most people will recover within a week to 10 days.
If symptoms become severe, or if you become breathless or develop a productive cough (bringing up phlegm), contact your GP or GP out-of-hours service.
Pregnant women, parents of children under one, and anyone belonging to an at risk group should call their GP for advice if they suspect they might have flu. Their doctor may prescribe antiviral treatment such as oseltamivir and zanamivir.
You should not attend an accident and emergency department unless it is urgent and essential.
If you have flu or a member of your family has flu, please follow good hygience practices.
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