What to do if you’re struck down with flu in Malta

Aussie flu has begun infecting thousands people in Malta, but how can you tell if you have picked up the virus?

There are nine symptoms to look out for.

They’re similar to those caused by normal flu, but are more severe.

Malta’s director of public health Dr Paula Vassallo told 89.7 Bay the best way to stop the virus from spreading is to cover your nose and mouth when coughing, wash your hands regularly, and to stay home if you have flu-like symptoms.

The flu symptoms you need to look out for

  • A sudden fever – a temperature of 38C or above
  • Aching body
  • Feeling tired or exhausted
  • Dry, chesty cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea or tummy pain
  • Nausea and being sick

What to try if you’re unwell

  • Keep warm
  • Stay off work, stay in bed and rest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Choose paracetamol-based remedies.
  • If your symptoms fail to improve after seven days, consider going to see your doctor.
  • But if you develop sudden chest pain, have trouble breathing or start coughing blood, you should go to A&E immediately.
  • Don’t ask for antibiotics – they only target bacteria and can’t kill the flu virus, so will not relieve symptoms or aid your recovery.
  • Your family doctor will only prescribe antibiotics if flu results in a secondary infection, such as a chest infection.

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