January 22, 2014 | Nicola

I've been sickly with flu a few times, so this story really made me think.

Every year 700 extra influenza deaths in the US are caused by people popping pills to suppress their fever so they can carry on with things, according to a new study.

Although taking medication to reduce a fever might make you feel better, you can still infect others with flu. In fact it might even make you more infectious - eek!

Next time I'll be kind to my friends and colleagues and stay at home...


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More research is needed to uncover the pros and cons of letting a fever run its course.


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January 22, 2014 at 22:02

If you can carry on with your day after popping some pain relievers, you do not have the flu. Flu will keep you in bed or on the couch with our without medicine. Please don't confuse a cold for the flu.

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