This year it’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccination.
Flu clinics at GP practices and pharmacies are in full swing. Flu can affect anyone but if you have a long-term health condition the effects of flu can make it worse even if the condition is well managed and you normally feel well.
Pregnant women and people on the NHS Shielded Patient List for COVID-19 are all eligible for a free flu vaccine along with some groups of children and other at-risk individuals such as some people with a learning disability who can get very ill if they get flu.
If you are scared of needles, tell the nurse and it may be possible to administer the vaccine as a nose spray instead.
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 2 to 7 days, but for some the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.
Information about the flu vaccination
For advice and information about the flu vaccination, speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.
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