Coughs, Colds and Flu

Are you doing your bit to fight antibiotic resistance?

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.

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Coughs, Colds and Flu

Got the sniffles? See your pharmacist

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.

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Coughs, Colds and Flu

Free flu protection offered to more children

Several million people in the UK get flu each winter, says Public Health England (PHE). But the group most likely to spread flu to others is children.

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Coughs, Colds and Flu

Don’t let flu spoil your winter

For most people in reasonably good health, flu doesn’t cause any complications. But while it may only last a week or so, it can be very unpleasant.

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Allergy

Spring clean your meds

Whenever the season changes from winter to spring it’s an ideal time for many of us to clear out lots of clutter and generally give our homes a thorough cleaning.

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Coughs, Colds and Flu

Low resistance to winter colds? Take the test

Reduced levels of vitamin D are common in this country during the winter, with up to 50 percent of adults believed to be deficient (particularly those living in the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland).

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Coughs, Colds and Flu

Cold vs flu checklist

With different viruses in circulation throughout the autumn and winter months, how can you tell whether the bug you’ve picked up is a common cold or flu?

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Coughs, Colds and Flu

Lifecycle of a cold

Most people will have a cold this winter, says the NHS. Cold symptoms usually last four or five days, but you may feel poorly for longer, depending on the virus.

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Coughs, Colds and Flu

Flu jabs: don’t miss out

Many people are offered a free NHS flu jab every autumn if they have a special risk of developing problems if they catch flu.

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Coughs, Colds and Flu

Ask the pharmacist – Coughs and Colds

With so many viruses circulating at this time of year, what are the best ways to avoid catching a cold?

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Sweet soup to keep you warm

Winter is here for a few more months, so warm yourself up with this sweet potato and orange soup – it’s the perfect comfort food on chilly days and winter nights.

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