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Protect yourself from flu this winter

It is very important for people who are at risk to have their free seasonal flu vaccination every year.

Flu symptoms can hit quite suddenly and severely. They usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles, and often you can get a cough and sore throat.

If otherwise you are fit and healthy, you can manage your symptoms at home using painkillers as necessary and drinking lots of water. You will usually get better without further treatment.

Visit the NHS Choices website for more information on caring for yourself at home.

Anyone can get flu, but it can be more serious for:

  • people aged 65 or over
  • people of any age with certain medical conditions
  • pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)

If you are in one of these groups, you could be more vulnerable to the effects of flu (even if you are fit and healthy) and could develop more serious illnesses which could result in hospitalisation. 

Do not wait until there is a flu outbreak: contact your GP or practice nurse now to get your seasonal flu jab.

 

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