Fever or feeling feverish/chills, Cough, Sore throat,Runny or stuffy nose,Muscle or body aches,Headaches,Fatigue
Nothing more than bed rest and plenty of fluids to treat the flu. But in some cases, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication, such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza). If taken soon after you notice symptoms, these drugs may shorten your illness by a day or so and help prevent serious complications.
Seasonal influenza is an acute viral infection which is responsible for annual epidemics during the winter months. While most people infected with influenza will recover within one week without the need for medical attention, influenza can cause serious illness and death in those considered to be at high risk. Worldwide, an annual influenza epidemic is estimated to result in approximately 3-5 million cases of severe illness and 250,000 to 500,000 deaths1. Aside from the traditional at risk groups of the elderly and those with chronic disease, there is increasing awareness that other groups within the population should be regarded as at higher than average risk of severe disease. As such, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee added new recommendations for 2010/2011 influenza season in Ireland. Currently, the following groups are eligible for the influenza vaccine, with an asterix marking groups newly added for the most recent flu season: