As like many parts of England, there is currently a high prevalence of diarrhoea, vomiting and flu-like symptoms in our local community.
It is really important that if you, or someone you know, is suffering from symptoms that you help us, help you by taking the necessary steps to protect yourself and others.
Flu symptoms can come on very quickly and include a fever, exhaustion and an aching body. The best way to get better is to rest and sleep. Take paracetamol or ibroprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
More information about flu: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/
The norovirus, better known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’ is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. You may also have a temperature, aching body and headache. It can be very unpleasant, but usually goes away in about two days.
To help ease your symptoms drink plenty of fluids, such as water or soup to avoid dehydration. If you find you have a dry mouth, or your urine is dark in colour you could be dehydrated. Special rehydration drinks bought from a pharmacist can help. Take paracetamol to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains, and get plenty of rest. If you feel like eating, eat plain foods, such as rice, pasta and bread
More information about norovirus: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/norovirus/
Both flu and the norovirus are very infectious and easily spread to other people.
To reduce the risk of spreading these:
- Wash your hands often with warm water and soap. A good hand washing technique lasts for two rounds of ‘Happy Birthday.’
- Use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze.
- Bin used tissues as quickly as possible.
- If you have norovirus, you must stay off school or work, and not return until you have had no symptoms for two consecutive days.
- Avoid visiting people in hospitals or care homes until you have no symptoms.
- Do not share towels.
- Wash clothes and bedding in a hot wash to kill viruses.
- Flush away any poo or vomit in the toilet and clean the surrounding area with a bleach-based household cleaner.
When to get medical advice?
You don’t normally need to see a GP with either flu or the norovirus as there is no specific treatment for it. You can get further advice and over the counter medicine from your local community pharmacist. Visiting your GP with symptoms can put others at risk.
If your symptoms are developing and you feel worse, or you are concerned for young children you should call NHS 111 or go to 111.nhs.uk