Influenza is a deadly viral infection that is very contagious and spreads easily to other people, the NHS said. It spreads to coughs and sneezes and can live on various surfaces for a whole day. Seasonal influenza is now well underway after the number of people hospitalized with influenza has doubled in the last week. During the first week of the year, more than four 100,000 hospital consultations were related to the influenza virus, according to the latest data from Public Health England (PHE). Less than two consultations on 100,000 were caused by influenza in the previous week.
It is critical that everyone receives the influence to reduce the risk of infection, PHE said.
The most common strain of circulating influence is combined with the influence of this year he added.
"In the last week, the indicators of influence that we have detected have reached low levels, which means that the influence is now circulating in the community in England," said PHE Head of Flu, Richard Peabody . [1
" The best form of protection against influenza is to get the vaccine if you are fit and practice good respiratory and hand hygiene.
"It's not too late to get the flu shot so make sure you accept the offer if you're eligible, to protect yourself and the vulnerable people around you."
You could also reduce the chances of contracting flu regularly
It is also crucial to take coughs and sneeze germs in a paper towel, and throw them away as soon as possible.
If you go down with the flu, you can talk to a pharmacist for advice on the best treatments available over the counter.
Be careful not to take remedies for flu if you have already taken paracetamol or ibuprofen, as you could take more than the recommended dose.  You should also talk to a pharmacist before administering drugs to young children, he warned the NHS.
Common flu symptoms can develop very quickly and without warning
A sudden fever – above 38 degrees Celsius – muscle pain, feeling very tired and a loss of appetite could also be caused by the flu.
Other flu symptoms include headache, sleep disturbance, nausea, sore throat and dry cough.
The symptoms of influenza are similar to the common cold, but tend to be more severe and last longer. It is also more likely to include diarrhea or vomiting.
You should call NHS 111 if you think you have flu and if you have a basic medical condition or a weakened immune system.