Seasonal Flu Jab
With winter approaching, it's very important that people who are at increased risk from flu have their free flu vaccination every year.
The jab is available on the NHS to protect adults (and some children) at risk of flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
However, flu can be more severe in certain people such as:
- anyone over the age of 65
- pregnant women
- children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.
The flu jab for people in risk groups is available free on the NHS – so contact your GP practice to have the jab.
For further information visit the NHS Choices.