Colds & Flu A factsheet on the causes, symptoms, treatment & prevention of colds & the flu
NHS Choices - is it the common cold or the flu? Colds and flu can share some of the same symptoms (sneezing, coughing, sore throat) but are caused by different viruses, and flu can be much more serious. Find out more.
Influenza – flu – is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter.
Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to the following at-risk people, to protect them from seasonal flu:
For more information on flu immunisation, including background information on the vaccine and how you can get the jab, see Seasonal flu jab.
HPA - Season Flu Guide
RCGP & RPS Joint Statement on Flu Vaccines
Seasonal Flu guide
Back Pain Factsheet on the causes, symptoms, treatment & prevention of back pain.
NHS Choices NHS information on back pain
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Acute diarrhoea is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection and affects almost everyone from time to time.
NHS Choices Symptoms, causes, treatment and information
Patient UK Acute Diarrhoea in Adults
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Burns - Explains the immediate treatment for burns and scalds.
Fits - How to deal with fits (convulsions/seizures) in adults and young children.
Wounds - Immediate actions for wounds, bleeding, and bleeding associated with fractures.
Unconscious patient who is breathing - How to deal with an unrousable patient who IS breathing (includes recovery position)
CPR for adults - Adults who have collapsed, unrousable and NOT breathing.
CPR for babies - Babies who are unrousable and NOT breathing.
Collapsed patient in detail - Explains the complete scenario including checks for breathing, circulation, etc.
These files have been prepared by Sussex Ambulance Service and comply with European Resuscitation Council Guidelines.
British Red Cross - First Aid Myths Debunk some of the many myths still surrounding first aid
BBC Health - First Aid This site has information about how to react to common injuries and emergencies.
St Johns Ambulance St John Ambulance believes that everyone should learn at least the basic first aid techniques.
Home First Aid Kit All you need to know about preparing and storing your own first aid kit
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) advise that schools and nurseries should stop demanding antibiotics for children with conjunctivitis
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