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Staying on top of your health should be a top priority especially when it comes to cold and flu. You can never be too careful and getting a flu vaccination before the season begins can be very beneficial. 

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Flu is highly contagious and can spread easily from person to person, especially in crowded areas including schools and nursing homes.

Symptoms usually start with a cough or a sneeze, resulting in the spread of tiny droplets containing the virus which can be breathed in by others, or it can land on surfaces that are touched. Even people with mild or no symptoms can infect others.

What is flu?

Influenza, commonly known as flu is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory system i.e. the nose, throat and the lungs. It is highly contagious, meaning it can spread easily from person to person. It can rapidly transmit in crowded areas including schools and nursing homes.

Symptoms usually start with a cough or a sneeze, resulting in the spread of tiny droplets containing the virus which can be breathed in by others, or it can land on surfaces that are touched. Even people with mild or no symptoms can infect others.

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What are the symptoms of flu?

Symptoms can develop quite quickly and the following could be experienced:

  • Sore throat
  • Dry or chesty cough
  • Muscle aches
  • Sudden fever – temperature of 38°C or above
  • Feeling tired/exhausted or have difficulty sleeping
  • Headache, diarrhoea or tummy pain
  • Have a loss of appetite, feel sick
  • Children can also get pain in the ears and will appear less active
general symptoms of flu

Am I eligible for a free NHS flu jab?

If you fall into any of the categories below, you may be eligible* for a FREE NHS flu jab:

  • You’re over 65 
  • You are in one of the following ‘risk categories’: 
    • You're pregnant
    • You have asthma or a lung condition
    • You have chronic heart disease
    • You have diabetes
    • You have a chronic kidney or liver condition
    • You've had a stroke
    • You have an illness or are taking medicines that affect your immune system

* Eligibility will be confirmed following consultation with pharmacist. 

** Subject to availability

high risk groups

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