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