What do you want to do?
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus which creates symptoms such as a high temperature, headache, and feeling exhausted.
Answer a few questions about your health, and get recommendations for treatment from our experts. Order flu treatment online, delivered from our pharmacy.
Always read the leaflet that comes with your medication and tell us about any side effects you get.
We know health, but you know you.
Our experts tell you what’s safe, but you decide what’s best.
Answer a few questions and tell us about yourself. Get tailored advice from our clinicians so you can choose better.
Choose your treatment and how often you have it delivered.
We know things change. It’s the nature of life. We’ll check in regularly to make sure your treatment is still right for you.
Pause. Change. Skip. Start again. Any time you like.
Here are some other things we can help with.
With a range of creams and tablets, we'll help you find the acne treatment that's right for you.
Tablets, nasal sprays and eye drops. Get effective treatments to help you live your life, no matter your allergy.
Manage your asthma with expert help and convenient subscription treatment.
Highly effective short-course tablet treatments combined with expert aftercare.
Lower your A1C with a range of diabetes treatments to suit your needs.
Choose from our range of tablets and solutions. Get ongoing care and support from our experts.
Tablets you can take in different ways to help to lower your risk of HIV. Get advice and suggestions from our experts.
Stop smoking treatments that can help you kick the habit forever, and reduce your risk of disease.
Tablets or injections. Tailored weight loss treatments combined with ongoing support from our experts.
Influenza update: a review of currently available vaccines. P & T : a peer-reviewed journal for formulary management, 36(10), 659–684.
Influenza (flu) is an infection caused by influenza viruses. It affects your upper respiratory tract (your nose, throat and mouth) and can range from mild to severe.
It can cause a range of symptoms, and usually lasts from a few days to a couple of weeks. Influenza can be very mild or considerably more serious, and often comes on very suddenly and without warning.
Most people who get flu will be fine within a few days to two weeks, but some people, particularly those classed as vulnerable such as the elderly, can get complications which can lead to conditions such as pneumonia. This may be life-threatening.
Anyone can get the flu, but some groups are more vulnerable to it. This includes babies, pregnant women, people over the age of 65 and the elderly, and people with certain health conditions that limit their immune systems, such as diabetes and heart disease. Asthma sufferers are more prone to it too.
The flu is highly contagious, and spreads when you come into contact with another person who has it, or if you come into contact with the things that somebody coughs or sneezes on. It’s very easy to catch it as you go about your day-to-day life, so it’s important to take preventative measures to limit your chances of catching flu. These measures include washing your hands when you go to the toilet and sanitising your hands when you eat.
The flu is very common. About 9% of the world population gets the flu each year. Up to one billion are infected, and there are approximately three to five million cases which are severe. Between three and five hundred thousand cases result in death .
How we source info.
When we present you with stats, data, opinion or a consensus, we’ll tell you where this came from. And we’ll only present data as clinically reliable if it’s come from a reputable source, such as a state or government-funded health body, a peer-reviewed medical journal, or a recognised analytics or data body. Read more in our editorial policy.
Flu is caused by catching the influenza virus. It’s highly contagious and it’s usually transmitted through infected people coughing or sneezing. This spreads the virus into the air, where people can breathe it in and become infected. The virus can also live on surfaces, and be transmitted when you touch them.
Common symptoms of flu can include but are not limited to:
The flu is usually not dangerous, and most people will recover from it without needing an intervention or medication. But if you’re in a more vulnerable health group it can create complications due to your immune system not being strong enough to defeat the virus on its own. A secondary infection may progress, such as pneumonia, or it may worsen pre-existing illnesses, such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.
Some of the effects of flu in those of us with chronic medical conditions can be much more serious, such as a persistent pressure in the chest, difficulty breathing, seizures or dizziness and confusion.
Does oseltamivir shorten flu symptom duration?. The Journal of family practice, 65(8), 564.
There are a range of medications that can help ease flu symptoms. There are treatments such as Tamiflu, which is both a treatment and a prevention method. Tamaflu, otherwise known as Oseltamivir, has been proven to reduce the length of flu illness in both adults and children by around one to two days, and reduces the duration of symptoms of flu even if it’s taken more than two days after the symptoms started. If you are particularly vulnerable to flu, it’s recommended that you get the flu vaccine regularly.
The flu vaccine is recommended every year for certain groups, such as the elderly, pregnant women, babies, and people with health conditions. Getting the flu vaccine is the most effective way of protecting yourself, and potentially those around you since flu is contagious. The exact treatment of infections will depend on you and your symptoms, and options can be discussed with a doctor or clinician.
In some cases, flu can be managed without the need for treatment by resting and sleeping. Taking over-the-counter medications such as paracetamol and ibuprofen to lower your body temperature and alleviate aches and pains, and staying hydrated, can also help.
Vaccine Effectiveness: How Well Do the Flu Vaccines Work? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Effect of Oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) for the Prevention and Treatment of Influenza During an Influenza Pandemic. PubMed. Oslo, Norway: Knowledge Centre for the Health Services at The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH).
Have something specific you want to know? Search our info below, or ask our experts a question if you can’t find what you’re looking for.
If you made a mistake on the gender selection, you can amend this by pressing 'Cancel' below and changing your gender. If you entered the correct gender but made a mistake on the treatment category selection, you can choose a different category by pressing 'Choose other treatment' below.
Submit your question here, or tell us if you’ve found an issue on our site.
We’ll get back to you very soon. We aim to respond to all queries in one working day.
You’re signed up to our newsletter. Keep an eye on your inbox for our latest update.
You can continue as a guest, or sign in with your Treated account if you have one.