Flu is a highly infectious disease that occurs more commonly in the winter. Healthy people usually recover within 2 to 7 days, but some people are less able to fight the infection, and may suffer complications.
The NHS recommends that you have the free flue vaccine if you:
- are pregnant
- are aged 65 or over
- have a chest complaint, breathing difficulties, kidney or liver disease, lowered immunity, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spleen problems or a learning disability
- are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
- are the main carer of an older, disabled or immunocompromised person
Additionally, some children are being offered the vaccine for free, depending on their age.
You can read more about the vaccine in this leaflet, or contact your GP.