Fevers and pain are common symptoms of flu and can be treated with over-the-counter medicines such as paracetamol, aspirin, or ibuprofen. They all reduce the fever and pain by blocking the body chemicals that cause pain and elevated temperatures, and are widely used in the treatment of cold and flu symptoms. However, all medicines can potentially have unwanted side effects that may differ from person to person, so it’s important that you read the instructions of all medicines carefully to find out if they are right for you or your children, and check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts.
Aspirin should not be given to children under 16 years of age due to the risk of Reyes Syndrome. It is recommended not to take more than one type of pain killer unless advised by a doctor. Each type of pain killer has a maximum recommended amount that can be taken at a single dose and the total amount in 24 hours and it is important to follow this recommendation.