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Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus.
Flu symptoms can hit quite suddenly and severely. They usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles. You can often get a cough and sore throat. Because flu is caused by a virus and not bacteria, antibiotics won't treat it.
Anyone can get flu, but it can be more serious for:
If you are in one of these two groups, you're more vulnerable to the effects of flu (even if you're fit and healthy) and could develop more serious illnesses, such as bronchitis and pneumonia, which could result in hospitalisation.
Flu can also make existing medical condition worse.
The best time of the year to get a flu vaccination (jab) is in the autumn. It's free and it's effective against the latest flu virus strains.
Even if you've already had a flu jab in previous years, you need another one this year, this is because the viruses that cause flu are always changing.
See your GP about the flu jab if you're 65 or over, or if you have any of the following problems (however old you are):
Your GP may advise you to have a flu jab if you have serious liver disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or some other diseases of the nervous system.
If you think you may need a flu vaccination, check with your GP, practice nurse. If a nurse visits you regularly, ask about getting your flu vaccination.
You should not be given the flu vaccination if you have
Not all the seasonal flu vaccines available are suitable for children under five years of age. Please make sure that you discuss this with your GP beforehand.
Pneumococcal vaccination is a method of preventing a specific type of lung infection (pneumonia) that is caused by Pneumococcus bacterium.
Pneumonia is a bacterial infection in the lungs it is a common complication from the flu. In addition to a flu vaccination every Autumn it's a good idea to get a once-in-a-lifetime pneumococcal vaccine.
Pneumococcal vaccination should be considered by people in the following groups:
Most people only need one vaccination to protect them for the rest of their lives.