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The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste  

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness If you have coronavirus symptoms:
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
  • Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • Visit NHS 111 Online for more information

Stay at Home
  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
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Oct 2013
Flu Season Is here and So is my New Book

Call the Pharmacist-new book now available fromwww.newlifehealthcare.co.uk

The ‘flu season is here again. If you require a flu vaccine privately and you are in the Glasgow area then call the pharmacy 0141 637 6000 or e-mailadmin@newlifepharmacy.co.ukfor an appointment

First of all, this year there is a new vaccine available for children . It is called Fluenz and is given as a nasal spray. Ask your doctor’s practice for details on whether your child qualifies.

The following questions and answers were compiled with help from the National Pharmaceutical Association

Q1 What is ‘flu?

Flu is much more than a bad cold. It’s a virus that can make you very ill and in serious cases it can lead to pneumonia or even loss of life.

Q2 What are the typical symptoms?

  1. Fever or temperature (over 38 degrees C)
  2. Unusual tiredness
  3. Runny nose, sore throat and cough sometimes with shortness of breath
  4. Loss of appetite, aching muscles
  5. Sometimes it is accompanied with diarrhoea and/or vomiting

Q3 How is it spread?

Flu is often spread through the air by coughs and sneezes. It can also be caught by coming into contact with contaminated surfaces. To avoid spreading germs to others and avoid picking them up yourself; always carry tissues, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze , dispose of the tissue after one use and clean your hands as and as often as you can. It’s also important to clean surfaces regularly to get rid of germs.

Q4 Who is eligible for a free ‘flu vaccination from their GP surgery?

A. Anyone who is over 65 or suffers from the following conditions which can make the flu much more dangerous: If you have heart disease, chest complaints, kidney or liver disease, lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Diabetics are also at risk or if you have a neurological condition such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy.

Remember if you are pregnant you are at greater risk of complications from the flu and having the vaccine could help you avoid catching the flu and protect your baby.

Finally, unpaid carers of any age including young carers are also eligible for the flu vaccine

Q5 How does the flu vaccine work?

A The vaccine contains ‘killed’ or ‘inactivated’ forms of flu viruses. This means that the viruses cannot reproduce and cannot give you flu, but your body’s immune system can recognise the virus and will be able to fight it if you are infected for real over the winter.

The vaccine takes around 10 days to work and will protect you from flu for around one year. You have to get vaccinated annually because the virus continually changes and develops new strains. This means that last year’s vaccine won’t protect you from this year’s flu virus.

Q6 Will the seasonal flu vaccine make me ill?

A The vaccine does not contain any live viruses, so it cannot give you seasonal flu. Some people get a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the seasonal flu vaccine and your arm may feel a bit sore where you were injected. Any other side effects are rare and are minor compared with the risks associated with seasonal flu.

Q7 How effective is the seasonal flu vaccine?

A As with any vaccine it does not give 100% protection. In years where the vaccine is well matched to the circulating viruses about 80% are protected. Others who have had the vaccine but catch flu are more likely to get milder symptoms.

The seasonal flu vaccination will not protect you against the common cold or other winter viruses.

Q8 Is there anyone who shouldn’t have the seasonal flu vaccination?

A Most people can have the vaccine but you should not be vaccinated if you have had a serious anaphylactic allergy to the vaccine in the past, or if you have a serious allergy to hens’ eggs.

In addition not all of the seasonal flu vaccines available this year are suitable for children under five years of age. You should discuss this with GP or pharmacist beforehand.

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