30th October 2017 14:28pm
Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) is raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of flu following Flu Awareness Week, a World Health Organisation initiative.
Flu is a contagious viral infection that anyone can catch, but some cases are more severe than others.
Symptoms can include a sudden fever (temperature of 38 degrees or above), aching body, a dry chesty cough, sore throat, headaches, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite or a feeling of tiredness or exhaustion.
It can clear up within a week and there’s not necessarily a need to see a GP if you have flu-like symptoms, but it can be more severe among certain people, particularly two to four-year-olds, over 65s, pregnant women, and those with underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems.
All GP practices in the Royal Borough of Greenwich offer free flu jabs for patients in one of these groups, while midwives at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich can give vaccinations during 12-week and 20-week antenatal checks.
Deb Browne, CACT’s Head of Health Improvement, said:
“It’s sometimes difficult for people to know the difference between flu and a cold, whether pregnant women should be vaccinated or how regularly the jab is encouraged.
“It’s important to be aware of symptoms but also to know when and where you can be vaccinated.”
Find out more online or call the Live Well Greenwich Line, run by CACT, on 0800 470 4831 to speak to one of our advisors.