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Flu

Flu is a common and infectious viral illness that peaks during the winter months. You may have a sudden fever, a dry cough, muscle aches and fatigue, and have to take several days off work. Tamiflu antiviral tablets, which can be bought in advance, can shorten the length of time you are ill with flu by up to one day.

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Key Features
  • Fights off several strains of the flu virus
  • Administered in one injection
  • Vaccination administered at your local LloydsPharmacy
Immunity lasts 6-12 months. For full protection, you should be vaccinated once a year.
Dr Gigi Taguri

Oseltamivir phosphate

Key Features
  • Available to be ordered in advance
  • Can reduce the time you are ill with flu by up to one day
  • Can help prevent you from catching flu
Tamiflu can reduce your risk of catching flu from an infected person.
Dr Gigi Taguri

About Flu

Flu (or Influenza) is different from the common cold. The two illnesses share some symptoms, such as coughing and a sore throat, but they are caused by different viruses. Flu can be much more serious than a cold. People who are generally fit and healthy usually recover from flu without having to see a doctor, although this may take several days and you may have to spend much of that time in bed.

You should see a GP if you think you have flu and you:

  • are aged 65 or over
  • are pregnant
  • have a long-term medical condition like heart disease, diabetes, asthma or lung disease
  • have a weakened immune system
  • have a very high fever as well as abdominal or chest pain, an unusually severe headache or any other symptoms that concern you

Tamiflu is a prescription-only medicine which can shorten the recovery period for flu by up to one day, meaning that you could be up and about sooner.

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