Flu Symptoms & What To Do


Flu symptoms in the elderly

With the seasons on the change we all worry about the dreaded Flu taking hold. It can be very serious to those in vulnerable categories and as such I felt it important to mention in our health section of the blog this season.

Flu is very infectious and easily spread amongst people. The flu vaccine reduces the risk of catching flu, the NHS recommend all over the age of 65 have the jab and it is free. Your carer will be more than happy to help arrange a quick appointment with your GP to ensure you get your flu jab.

Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include:

- a sudden fever (temperature of 38 degrees celsius or above

- aching body

- feeling tired or exhausted

- dry chesty cough

- sore throat

- headache

Should you experience these symptoms and if you feel really poorly of course go and see your GP. Whilst nursing yourself better you should keep warm, get lots of rest and sleep, drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains if you are able to do so. If you're already prescribed these medications, do not take any more than the recommended daily amount.

Your carer will look after you are unwell and help you to make a speedy recovery.

If you would like to talk to one of our friendly team about arranging live-in care, please call us on 0800 980 3958 or email hello@access-care.co.uk

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