Having the flu is no fun, but here's 10 things you can do to help speed up your recovery.
1. Don't go to school
Or anywhere else, like work or other places where there are other people when you have the flu.
2. Catch it, bin it, kill it
Put used tissues in a bin or flush them down the toilet.
3. Wash hands often
Especially before handling food that others may eat.
There’s nothing better to help your body fight the flu.
5. Take the right pills
Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be taken for high temperature, sore throat and headache but always read the label on the packaging and discuss this first with an adult.
6. Not the wrong ones
Antibiotics are only of use if you develop another infection due to the flu, such as an ear infection or pneumonia.
7. Keep resting
After the symptoms go, it is better to take things slowly for a while (especially avoid vigorous exercise) because you will get tired easily.
8. Keep your distance
Anyone who is ill should avoid close contact with elderly people and people with other illnesses (especially if they have not been immunised), as they are more likely to get health problems from the flu.
how to get help
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