It is important that we protect all of the community from the flu.
• 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 – please speak to your GP.
• If you are carer for vulnerable adults where you could transmit flu to the frail, then you are eligible for a free flu vaccination.
• If you are not in either of the above groups, you can still get a flu vaccination – it costs less than £10 at various pharmacies.
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