Influenza is a virus causing a lung or respiratory infection. While for most people it is only an unpleasant illness that should pass in about a week, it can cause serious complications, particularly in young children and older adults.
Getting a flu vaccination is the most effective way to stop you catching flu and passing it on to others.
Who can get a free flu jab?
You can get the flu jab for free if you are:
Pregnant – at any stage of pregnancy
Aged 2-3 years - the vaccination is delivered via a nasal spray rather than an injection
Aged 65 years +
Aged 6 months + and have:
Chronic respiratory disease
Chronic heart disease
Chronic kidney disease
Chronic liver disease
Chronic neurological disease
Speak to your GP or Pharmacy to arrange to get vaccinated.
For more information about the vaccine, who should get it and why, visit the NHS Choices website.
Article published at the request of Northamptonshire County Council.