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Winter Vomiting Bug Norovirus Advice PDF Print Email

Norovirus – also known as winter vomiting bug – is one of the most common stomach bugs around but is extremely unpleasant if you catch it causing diarrhoea and vomiting.  Although you can catch anytime of the year it is called the winter vomiting bug as it’s more common in winter.


It normally clears up within a few days and you should be feeling better by then without needing to have treatment.  It is very easily spread from person to person so you are advised not to visit your doctor.  If it hasn’t cleared up after a few days or you are feeling seriously ill you should call your GP or NHS 111 who should be able to give you some advice.


The symptoms you will experience are:

suddenly feeling sick

uncontrolled projectile vomiting

watery diarrhoea

You may also have a headache, slight fever, painful stomach cramps and aching limbs.

These symptoms usually last for two or three days.


If you do catch norovirus there isn’t a cure so stay home and rest.

Drink plenty of fluids – you need to replace the fluid lost from vomiting and diarrhoea.  Water and some fruit juice and soup.  Do not give fruit juice or fizzy drinks to children.

Take paracetamol

Get plenty of rest

If you feel like eating have plain foods

You can get rehydration sachets from your pharmacist

Wash your hands regularly and stay off work for at least 2 days