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What you should know about Flu

Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you will usually begin to feel better within about a week.

Symptoms

  • Severe aches in muscles and joints;
  • Pain and tiredness around your eyes;
  • Weakness or extreme fatigue;
  • Warm, flushed skin and red, watery eyes;
  • A headache;
  • A dry cough;
  • Fever or high temperature;
  • A sore throat and runny nose.

Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These people are advised to have a flu jab each year.

People who should have flu jab

  • Anyone aged 65 and over;
  • Pregnant women;
  • Children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease);
  • Children and adults with weakened immune systems.

To have a flu jab

Flu vaccine provides immunity to a variety of influenza viruses and is updated and recommended annually. The best time to have a flu vaccine is in the autumn, from the beginning of October until 31st of March.

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