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Don't put off getting your flu vaccination

If you're eligible for the flu vaccine, get it now. It's free because you need it. For more information visit NHS Choices.

Flu Vaccination

Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter. It is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that develop quickly. The most common symptoms are fever, chills, headache, joint and muscle pains, and extreme tiredness.

If you have a  long-term health condition, even one which is well managed, are  pregnant, or aged 65 and over, catching flu could make you seriously ill and make complications like pneumonia more likely. The best way to help protect yourself against flu is to get vaccinated.

Flu is also an unpleasant illness for children as they experience the same symptoms as adults. Children aged two, three and four, and those aged two to 18 in at-risk groups are eligible for the nasal spray vaccination, with no need for an injection. Children aged six months to two years are offered the vaccination by injection.

What to do next

If you have a long-term health condition, are pregnant, have children aged two to four, or you are aged 65 or over, ask your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist about the free flu vaccine.