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Flu is serious and different to the common cold. Symptoms include a sudden fever, sore throat, body aches and fatigue. The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also get pain in their ear and appear less active.

Flu is highly infectious 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.

This year, more than ever, it’s vital we protect ourselves and those around us by having the free flu vaccine if we’re entitled to it. We must do all we can to prevent the NHS being overwhelmed by a combination of Covid-19 and a flu epidemic.

Click here to find out if you’re eligible for the free vaccine.


Three of our GPs and clinical leads explain why it’s more important than ever this year to get your free flu jab if you’re entitled to it.

Dr Sinead Clarke

Dr Andy McAlavey

Dr Ian Hulme

Schoolchildren Harry, Oscar and Oliver Brown explain why they’re having their free flu vaccination and asking other eligible people to do the same.


Aside from having your flu vaccine, the best way to prevent the spread of flu is to practice good hand hygiene. Catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue, throw the tissue away and wash your hands.

If you think you have flu, stay at home and rest until you feel better. Call NHS 111 if you have an underlying health condition or feel really unwell.

To help speed up recovery make sure you keep warm, take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration (your pee should be light yellow or clear).


The following video dispels 11 myths about the flu vaccine.