Influenza and Vaccination


Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person.

Flu is more than a bad cold.  Even young healthy people with flu can feel very unwell.  In the most serious cases, flu can bring on other complications, which can result in death.

Who should have the vaccine?

Anyone with a health condition is at particular risk from flu.  Conditions and diseases which make flu more dangerous include:

Asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney failure, multiple sclerosis, liver problems, diabetes, asplenia (dysfunction of the spleen), being very overweight, HIV infection.

Anyone undergoing chemotherapy treatment should also get vaccinated.

If you are under 18 years, have a health condition or care for someone who does, you should also get vaccinated.  You may be eligible to have the vaccine as a nasal (nose) spray.  For more information visit:

If you provide care for someone, you may also be eligible for the flu vaccine.  Speak to your GP or nurse for more information.




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