Flu and Norovirus
Flu is serious and different to the common cold. Symptoms include a sudden fever, sore throat, body aches and fatigue. The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also get pain in their ear and appear less active.
Flu is highly infectious and can lead to serious complications if you have an underlying health condition such as COPD, bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease or a chronic neurological disease like multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy.
Aside from having your flu vaccine, the best way to prevent the spread of flu is to practice good hand hygiene. Catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue, throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
If you think you have flu, stay at home and rest until you feel better. Call NHS 111 if you have an underlying health condition or feel really unwell.
To help speed up recovery make sure you keep warm, take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration (your pee should be light yellow or clear).
Also called the "winter vomiting bug", is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be very unpleasant, but usually goes away in about 2 days.
The main symptoms of norovirus are nausea (feeling sick), vomiting (being sick) and diarrhoea. You may also have a headache, temperature above 38C, aching arms and legs. These symptoms will start within 2 days from the onset of the infection.
You can usually treat yourself or your child at home and you should start to feel better in 2 to 3 days. It’s also advised that you stay off school or work until the symptoms have stopped for 2 days. Also avoid visiting anyone in hospital during this time as this is when you're most infectious.
How it’s spread
Norovirus can spread very easily.
You can catch norovirus from close contact with someone with norovirus, touching surfaces or objects that have virus on them, then touching your mouth or eating food that’s been handled by someone with norovirus. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best way to stop it spreading. Alcohol hand gels do not kill norovirus.