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Flu – Why risk it?

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.

At risk groups

  • Those aged 65 years or over
  • Pregnant women
  • Children aged two, three and four
  • Year one and two school children will get a nasal vaccine at school
  • Those living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • Those who are a carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • Those who are front line health or social care workers
  • Those aged six months to 65 years who have:
    • A heart problem 
    • A chest complaint or breathing difficulties including bronchitis and emphysema 
    • A kidney disease 
    • Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment) 
    • A liver disease 
    • Had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) 
    • Diabetes 
    • A neurological condition e.g. multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy 
    • A problem with, or removal of, their spleen e.g. sickle cell disease

How can I find out more?

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 2016/17 - 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.

Read why local GPs say your child should be vaccinated.

Flu Clinics


GP practices offer flu clinics on either a walk-in basis (no appointment required) or by appointment in the run up to winter. 

2016 Flu Clinics

Cold or flu?

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