The Leigh View Flu Plan 2021:
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Protect yourself from flu
What is flu?
Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it is sometimes called seasonal flu. It is a very infectious disease that can come on very quickly. The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, cough, headache, pains in your joints and muscles and extreme tiredness. Healthy people usually recover within 3 to 4 weeks, but some people can develop serious life-threatening complications and need to be admitted to hospital.
Colds are much less serious and usually start with a stuffy or a runny nose, sore throat and cough.
How do we prevent the spread of flu?
Flu is unpredictable and there can be different strains of the virus. However, over the last ten years, the flu vaccine has generally been very good at targeting the circulating strains.
The flu vaccine is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children who are most at risk of flu and its complications.
Can I have a free flu vaccination on the NHS?
Flu can affect anyone but if you have a long-term health condition flu can make it worse, even if the condition is well managed and you normally feel well.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:
· adults 65 and over (including anyone who will be 65 by the 31st March 2021)
· people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
· pregnant women
· CARERS – including people living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
· children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
· children in primary school (n.b. these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
· children in year 7 (secondary school) (n.b. these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
· frontline health or social care workers
For more information please see the Department of Health Website.