Flu symptoms

Choose the right healthcare service to get the care you need and to enable the NHS to help the greatest number of people.

GREEN Self-care or ask a pharmacist for advice

Sudden high temperature

Aching body

Tired or exhausted

Dry cough

Sore throat


Difficulty sleeping

Loss of appetite

Diarrhoea or stomach ache

Feeling sick and being sick

Keep warm

Take paracetamol or ibuprofen, to lower temperature and treat aches and pains

Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration (pee should be light yellow or clear)

Stay at home and avoid contact with other people

Ask a pharmacist about recommended flu remedies


Do not take paracetamol and flu remedies that contain paracetamol at the same time; it is easy to take more than the recommended dose.

AMBER It is urgent, but not life threatening

Flu symptoms and:

  • aged 65 or over
  • pregnant
  • have a long-term medical condition
  • have weakened immunity
  • symptoms do not begin to improve within seven days or there is consistent deterioration over course of the illness
  • not passing urine for 12 or more hours at a time (six or more hours at a time for children)

Call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk


Contact a GP Practice

RED It is a life-threatening medical emergency

Sudden chest pain

Difficulty breathing

Coughing up a lot of blood

Call 999, or go straight to Emergency Department, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham. Do not self-drive.