Flu is a highly infectious illness which spreads rapidly. The flu vaccine also known as the flu jab will help protect you and your family from flu.
The vaccine is particularly recommended if you have an underlying health condition and some people may be able to get it for free e.g. 2-3 year olds, over 65s.
You can get the jab from:
- Your GP
- Some local pharmacies
- If you are pregnant: from your midwife when you go for your 12-week or 20-week check at St George's Hospital
- The Community Immunisation Team (for children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5).
For advice and information about the flu vaccination, speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.
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There are many questions people may have about flu and a few myths so know your facts.
A bad bout of flu is much worse than a heavy cold.
Flu symptoms come on suddenly and sometimes severely.
They include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles, as well as a cough and sore throat.
You're likely to spend 2 or 3 days in bed.
If you get complications caused by flu, you could become seriously ill and have to go to hospital.