Flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch. It is not just a cold – it can be a really serious illness for some people and it doesn’t just affect older people.
If you’re pregnant, have lowered immunity or a long term health condition such as severe asthma, a chest or heart complaint, or diabetes then you should also get a free flu jab from your GP. The flu jab is completely safe, and it can’t give you flu.
Everyone who knows anyone who may be at risk from flu should be encouraged to get protected. People who are carers and frontline health and social care staff are also encouraged to get a free jab to protect themselves and those around them.
This year, a new annual nasal spray flu vaccine will be offered to all children aged two and three years as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.
Further information can be obtained from http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/Pages/Introduction.aspx