Seasonal influenza (flu)

is an unpredictable but recurring pressure that the NHS faces every winter. Vaccination offers the best protection.

Seasonal influenza (flu)

is an unpredictable but recurring pressure that the NHS faces every winter. Vaccination offers the best protection.

The flu programme is a coordinated and evidence based approach to planning for the demands of flu across England.

Each year the NHS prepares for the unpredictability of flu. For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self limiting disease with recovery generally within a week.

However, there is a particular risk of severe illness from catching flu for:

  • older people
  • the very young
  • pregnant women
  • those with underlying disease, particularly chronic respiratory or cardiac disease
  • those who are immunosuppressed

Contact your GP if you are in any of the groups above to arrange vaccination.  If you would like to be vaccinated but are not in any of the high risk groups you can pay to receive the vaccination from selected local pharmacies.

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