Seasonal Flu 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 can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:
- anyone over the age of 65
- pregnant women
- children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection). It's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.
The flu vaccination provides effective protection against the flu, although protection may vary between individuals. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. New vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.
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