What is Flu?

It is an infectious and common viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes, sometimes known as influenza. It’s not the same as the common cold and symptoms tend to be more serious and last longer.

You can catch it all year round, but it is especially common in the winter, which is why it’s known as “seasonal flu”.

How to prevent flu

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water
  • Regularly clean your computer keyboard
  • Use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze

Another way to ensure you’re protected, is to get your free jab. Find out if you are eligible.

Children’s flu vaccine

An annual vaccine nasal spray is now offered to healthy children aged 2 – Year 4, given as a spray in each nostril. Find out more about the children’s flu vaccine.

When to get the flu jab

The best time to get vaccinated is in the autumn, from the beginning of October to early November. And you should have the jab every year so you stay protected, as the viruses that cause the illness change every year.

To arrange for a flu jab, contact your GP or local Pharmacy.

For more information, please visit NHS Choices.

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