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.Find out more