Many expats report being sick frequently after they make the move. For me, it was at least once a month for my entire first year. My doctor was unsympathetic and blamed it on "new" germs and acclimation to the climate, but when I was suffering from expat flu, I blamed it the public bus I had to take to get to work before I became comfortable driving. Did you know people who rely on public transportation are six times more likely to come down with a respiratory infection than those who dont? (Reason #76 why, unless you live in London, learning to drive should be on the top of your to do list!)
Anyway.... whatever the actual reason, you will get sick sooner or later and hopefully the worst you will suffer is a sniffle and a sneeze here and there, but for the real heavy duty colds, I suggest you plan ahead and create an "expat pharmacy kit". Bring it with you when you move (or when you next go back to visit), keep it in a safe place, and do not be tempted to share it with the natives when they claim they are sick. This is a survival kit.
Your kit should include the following:
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A thermometer - Yes, you can get these anywhere, but they will tell you your temperature in celcius and who wants to be doing mathmatical conversions when you have a fever??
Puffs Plus - You know, the kind with lotion infused in the tissue? That's what you want. Your nose will thank me.
NyQuil - Don't believe it when someone tells you an inferior product called Night Nurse is just the same. It isn't. Each have three active ingredients (a pain reliever, an antihistamine and a cough suppressant), but share only one common active ingredient. I'm happy to have saved you the disappointment.
Aleve-D Cold and Sinus - Only bother with this if you, like me, are partial to naproxen as your pain relief of choice. As far as I know, there is no naproxen/pseudoephedrine combination available in the UK.
And remember kids - listen to your friendly NHS when they say Catch It, Bin It, Kill It. Good advice if you can get over "that" photo.