Monday, 5 November 2007
A Man Flu for All Seasons
The leaves are cascading from the trees, there's a marked chill in the air and the nights are drawing in - yes, it's Man Flu season again!
I'd spent Saturday afetrnoon delivering 'The Rose' around my surrounding streets whilst listening to Frederic Raphael's Radio 4 play Fame and Fortune. In the evening, Roz and I popped over to a street party to meet new friends and neighbours. Life was good!
But come Sunday morning, I was a cacophony of sneezes, coughs and aching bones. The following day as I made my way to work on the bus, it seemed everyone on board had caught it too.
But a new survey out today from the British Medical Association shows it's also causing a major financial headache for the NHS.
Instead of taking a painkiller or buying over-the-counter medication, one in three adults insist on a GP consultation at a cost to the NHS of £21 a time.
Now I know it's just a 'nasty cold.' I've just taken Dr Hillary's on-line flu test at GMTV's website.
Click here and try it. And do the NHS a favour!