DOCTORS are urging people to get their flu jab after seeing a rise in outbreaks.

Flu rates shot up by 85 per cent within the space of a week in England.

Rates in the South East for flu like illnesses have risen from 10.3 per 100,000 to 14.2 in just one week, which is adding more pressure on local health services.

Flu cannot be treated with antibiotics. It is caused by viruses, and antibiotics only work against bacteria. Ways to help fight flu are plenty of sleep, keeping warm, taking paracetamol or ibuprofen and drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

Katy Jackson, director of urgent care said: “The best form of protection against flu is to get the vaccine, and to practice good respiratory and hand hygiene. It isn’t too late to get the flu vaccine so make sure you take up the offer if you’re eligible, to protect yourself and vulnerable people around you. We are advising those who already have flu-like symptoms to rest, drink water and take paracetamol where needed.”