Coughs, Colds and Flu

Cold vs flu: how to tell the difference

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.

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Coughs, Colds and Flu

Test your awareness of antibiotics

Run by the World Health Organization, World Antibiotic Awareness Week runs from November 13 - 19, 2017. And this year the event’s main message is to seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional before taking antibiotics.

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Coughs, Colds and Flu

Make sure antibiotics work when you really need them

An estimated 5,000 deaths are caused each year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections, says Public Health England (PHE).

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Coughs, Colds and Flu

Time to get your flu jab

People who are the most vulnerable to flu – including the over 65s, pregnant women and people with long-term health conditions such as asthma, COPD and cardiovascular conditions – are being urged to get their free flu jab before winter sets in.

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Coughs, Colds and Flu

Are you washing your hands properly?

If you want to avoid catching a viral infection such as a cold, flu or tummy bug, one of the things health experts recommend is to wash your hands frequently.

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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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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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