The winter weather brings an increase in cases of flu – short for influenza – which is a highly infectious viral illness that is spread by coughing and sneezing.
For many people flu is a nasty experience – like a very bad cold but worse - with the symptoms of headache, fever, sore throat aching joints and muscles making you retreat to your bed. For some, flu can be even worse, causing more serious illnesses or even result in death.
You are entitled to a free NHS flu vaccination if you are:
You can find out more about flu on the NHS flu and the flu vaccine pages or if you are worried about flu call 111.
Download this leaflet from Public Health England - The Flu Vaccination Winter 2019/20 - It explains how you can help protect yourself and your children against flu this coming winter, and why it’s very important that people who are at increased risk from flu have their free flu vaccination every year.
Your local general practice will hold a flu clinic for those who are eligible for vaccination to attend . Please contact your local surgery or pharmacy for more information.
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