Stay Well This Winter Bromley

SWTW Bromley flu - October 2017

 

What is flu?

Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes, and it can be very unpleasant. That’s why if you’re 65 or older or you have a long-term health condition, you’re eligible for a free flu jab. 

You can catch flu all year round, but it’s especially common in winter. It’s not the same as the common cold. Flu is caused by a different group of viruses and the symptoms tend to start more suddenly, be more severe and last longer.

Some of the main symptoms of flu include:

  • a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above
  • tiredness and weakness
  • a headache
  • general aches and pains
  • a dry, chesty cough

Flu can make you feel so exhausted and unwell that you have to stay in bed and rest until you feel better.

The flu vaccine

Some people can be more seriously affected by flu, which is why they are offered a free flu jab.

A flu vaccine is available for free on the NHS for:

  • anyone over the age of 65
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with an underlying health condition
    (particularly long-term heart or lung disease)
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems

An annual flu vaccine nasal spray is also offered to healthy children aged two and three, and to children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four.

Getting your flu jab

Get your flu jab as soon as possible to protect yourself over the winter period. If you think you are eligible, contact your local GP surgery or ask your local pharmacist.

You should have the flu vaccination every year so you stay protected, as the viruses that cause flu change every year.

For more information on how to Stay Well This Winter visit: www.nhs.uk/staywell

 

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