Children aged 2 and 3 can get the flu nasal spray from their GP for free.
Children in years R, 1, 2 and 3 can get the nasal spray free from their school, their parent or guardian will need to sign a consent form, so look out for this in their book bag.
The symptoms of flu are similar to those of the common cold.
A couple of common differences are:
Symptoms of a cold appear gradually are not severe and affect just your nose and throat.
Symptoms of flu are much more severe, causing fever, chills headaches and aching muscles. You will not feel like getting out of bed or doing any of your daily activities.
If you are in one of the ‘at risk’ groups listed before, you should contact your GP. You may need some extra help in fighting the virus.
If you are normally fit and well you should get better within two or three days. You should rest as much as you can and take paracetamol or paracetamol based cold remedies as these will help lower your temperature. Drinking plenty of fluids will also help.