The flu vaccination is available every year to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
Flu is a highly infectious and common illness. Symptoms include a high temperature, headache, general aches and pains, a sore throat and tiredness. You can have flu without any symptoms and pass it on to family, friends and people in your community, many of whom may be at increased risk from flu
Having the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against flu.
The free flu vaccination is offered on the NHS to those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu including:
- children aged two and three
- people aged six months to 64 in clinical risk groups
- all primary school aged children and year 7 pupils
- people aged 65 and over
- patients on the shielded list and their households
- pregnant women
- frontline health and social care workers
If you're in one of the eligible groups, you should get a flu vaccine every year to protect yourself against new strains of the virus. The earlier you get the flu vaccine, the better. It ensures you're covered before the virus starts to affect your community.
- See who should get the flu vaccine, for a full list of eligible groups.
- Gov.uk: flu vaccination: who should have it this winter and why
Catch it, bin it, kill it
In addition to the flu jab, you can help to prevent the spread of flu by:
- staying at home if you have the symptoms, to avoid spreading infection
- catching any coughs and sneezes in a tissue, throwing the tissue away and washing your hands
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