Protect yourself against the flu

For most healthy people, flu is unpleasant but usually goes within a week. However, some people are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu.

Flu can be a very serious condition, leading to more serious complications like middle ear infections in children and pneumonia and bronchitis for some people which in turn need hospital treatment. if you’re in an at risk group you are on average 11 times more likely to die from flu.

Protecting yourself

The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get the flu vaccine before it starts circulating in your community.

Free vaccines are available from your doctor for:

  • people over 65, or those under 65 with certain health conditions
  • children aged 2 to 4 years old
  • children in year 1 or 2 of primary school (available through school)
  • pregnant women
  • health and social care workers

If you are at risk, and have put off having your flu jab, or don’t think it is important – it’s not too late. Get the vaccine: protect yourself and those you love; contact your GP surgery and make an appointment today.

More information about flu

Ask your doctor for more information or visit the NHS website

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