Before we begin
Colds and flu affect 15 million people each year in the UK. Often people make unnecessary
trips to their GP when they should be resting at home. However, flu can be a serious
condition for some people, so it’s important to get advice if you have flu like
Use this Symptom Checker to find out what to do if you have cold or flu symptoms.
This advice is suitable for everyone over 5 years of age.
If you are caring for a child under the age of 5 who you think has a cold or flu,
call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.
This service is provided for people in England only. For health advice and information
in other parts of UK please visit:
● NHS Northern Ireland
● NHS 24 (Scotland)
● NHS Direct Wales.
If you would like general health information, visit NHS
Choices, call 0845 4647, or use NHS Choices digital TV on Freeview (channel
100). If you require information in different languages please call NHS Direct on
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It is not shared with other organisations, or stored or combined with any other
medical records held by your GP or local NHS provider.
Use of this website on public computers may put you at risk of leaving personal
information that others may be able to access. You may wish to review the advice
on the Get Safe Online website before