As part of the campaign, OneLife Suffolk is seeking views about why people may or may not have chosen to have the vaccine in the past, please visit www.onelifesuffolk.co.uk/flu2018 for more information.
The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but the effects can be more severe for those in vulnerable groups.
Flu is caused by influenza viruses that infect the windpipe and lungs. Because it is caused by viruses and not bacteria, antibiotics won’t treat it. The best way of avoiding flu is by having the vaccination, but it helps to practice good hygiene such as covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using disposable tissues and binning them as soon as they are used and regularly washing hands.
For more information about how to take advantage of the free vaccination, or to find out more about winter flu, visit www.healthysuffolk.org.uk