Flu (Influenza)

Every winter in Slough around 50-100 residents die because of the flu. One third of them are otherwise healthy people, with no underlying health conditions.

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#IamVaccinated

It is important that we protect all of the community from the flu and help relieve winter pressures on the NHS:

• If you have a long-term health condition such as asthma or diabetes, or if you’re pregnant, you’re eligible for a free flu vaccination

• If you are aged over 65 (And where capacity allows towards the end of 2020, aged over 50) you’re eligible for a free flu vaccination

• If you are carer for vulnerable adults where you could transmit flu to the frail, then you are eligible for a free flu vaccination, and if you live with someone clinically vulnerable to coronavirus.

• Children aged 2 and 3, those in primary school or year 7, are also eligible for a free flu vaccination.

• If you are not in any of the above groups, you can still get a flu vaccination – it costs less than £10 at most pharmacies.

"Help protect the NHS, get vaccinated"

Flu is much worse than a heavy cold

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.

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