Influenza / Flu

Influenza - protect yourself against flu this winter

Flu occurs every year, usually in winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. It’s highly infectious, with symptoms that come on very quickly. The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. The symptoms are usually quite mild but can be very serious, which is why some age groups who are more vulnerable to the illness are eligible for vaccination.
Apart from age-related vaccination groups some people who suffer with chronic ill health are also eligible, so please contact your GP to find out more.
You can help prevent the spread of the virus by covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and you can wash your hands frequently to reduce the risk of picking up the virus.

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.

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Flu fighter

The NHS Employers organisation works in partnership with Public Health England, supported by the Department of Health to deliver the national seasonal flu campaign for NHS staff.

Please click here for further information about the flu fighter campaign.

Useful links

NHS Choices: Flu and the flu vaccine

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