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Flu

If you're eligible for the flu vaccine, don't put it off, get it now.

It's that time of year again. The rain and cold weather is just around the corner and you need to protect yourself, and your loved ones from flu.

Flu is not the same as the common cold. It is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very suddenly. Symptoms can include a fever, chills, headache, muscle and joint pain and fatigue. If you're otherwise healthy, you don't need to see your GP for treatment. The best medicine is to stay home tucked up in bed, drink plenty of fluids and take paracetamol or ibuprofen to balance your temperature and relieve pain.

Most recover in two to seven days but for some, the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death. Those considered most at risk and in need of the vaccine, include pregnant women who can suffer from serious complications such as pneumonia, miscarriage or having a baby too soon as a result of flu. People who have a long-term health condition, even one that is well managed are also at increased risk of complications as a result of flu. 

Those eligible are encouraged to receive their free flu vaccination as early as possible from your GP or pharmacist. You can also purchase a flu vaccine from your pharmacy. More information is available at NHS Choices.

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    Flu - Photo Credit: Public Health England

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    Flu - Photo Credit: Public Health England

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