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Have you had your flu vaccination yet?

Flu is a serious condition that kills thousands and hospitalizes thousands more in England each year. The flu vaccination is the best protection for you and those around you which is why it is offered for free for those most at risk. Adults at high risk from flu are also most at risk from COVID-19 and the free vaccine is more important than ever, to help protect the nation from a double threat this winter.

Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications if you have an underlying health condition (such as COPD, bronchitis, emphysema), diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease or a chronic neurological disease (like multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy) Immunosuppressed, morbidly obese, have a learning disability or have problems with your spleen. Flu on top of health conditions like these increases your chance of serious health complications and a hospital visit.

Even if you’re in good health, flu can easily spread (even if you are not showing symptoms) to those around you who are vulnerable and for whom you have caring responsibilities or if you live with someone on the NHS Shielded Patient List.

If you haven’t already had an invitation for a jab, ask your pharmacist or GP if you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine.

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