For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery generally within a week. However, some people are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu.
Flu can be a very serious condition, leading to more serious complications like middle ear infections in children and pneumonia and bronchitis for some people which in turn need hospital treatment. If you’re in an at risk group you are on average 11 times more likely to die from flu.
The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get the flu vaccine before flu starts circulating in the community.
Free flu vaccines are available from your doctor for:
- people over 65, or those under 65 with certain health conditions
- children aged 2 to 4 years old
- children in year 1, 2 or 3 of primary school (available through school)
- pregnant women
If you are at risk, and have put off having your flu jab, or don’t think it is important – it’s not too late. Get the vaccine: protect yourself and those you love; contact your GP surgery and make an appointment today.
Ask your doctor for more information or visit www.nhs.uk/flu