It’s not unusual to think you have flu when what you really have is a cold – or even sometimes vice versa. Indeed, the two share similar symptoms. But colds and flu are caused by different viruses altogether.
An estimated 5,000 deaths are caused each year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections, says Public Health England (PHE).
Every year, people with coughs, colds and sore throats ask their GPs for antibiotics to treat their symptoms – despite the fact that antibiotics are ineffective against viral infections.
With the Ask Your Pharmacist Week event already under way (November 7-14), the National Pharmacy Association has responded to a report by the Local Government Association by claiming millions of GP consultations relating to common ailments could be dealt with by self care and support from local pharmacies.