What is the flu?

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Flu or influenza is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes, which can be very unpleasant. It is often more severe than a cold and lasts longer.

Flu is caused by a group of viruses and it often leaves people feeling exhausted and so unwell they have to stay in bed.

Symptoms of the flu

Symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever 
  • Tiredness and weakness
  • Headaches
  • General aches and pains
  • A dry, chesty cough


The flu virus is spread when someone who is infected coughs or sneezes. Everyday items at home and in public places can easily become contaminated with the flu virus. You should stay at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water.

You can speak to your local Rightdose pharmacist for health advice or watch our Ask the Pharmacist video on protecting yourself from the cold and flu.

At Rightdose, you can make online purchases for the following products for the flu and have them delivered to your home:

  • Paracetamol painkillers
  • Ibuprofen painkillers

If your symptoms get worse or last longer than a week, you should contact your GP.

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