The flu season has now started in the UK, with evidence that flu is circulating in the population.

We therefore encourage all those who are eligible (see list below) to take up the offer of the vaccine and follow the simple advice below to limit the spread:

  • carry tissues and use them to catch coughs or sneezes, then bin the tissues
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water
  • frequently clean surfaces like computer keyboards, telephones and other regularly used objects
  • avoid unnecessary contact with other people if you or they have symptoms of flu. These can include coughs, runny nose, fever, sore throat, fatigue, aches and pains.

For most healthy people, recovering from flu can take roughly a week. Over-the-counter remedies and health advice are available from local pharmacies.

Anyone concerned about their symptoms should stay at home and contact their GP, or call NHS 111, to seek further advice.

The groups eligible for the flu vaccine this year are:

  • Pregnant women (via GP, or midwife)
  • Children aged 2 and 3 (via GP)
  • Children aged 4-8 (via school)
  • Adults 65 or over (via GP)
  • Adults and children with existing health problems (via GP)
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory conditions (e.g. Asthma, Emphysema,COPD)
  • Heart, liver or kidney disease
  • Stroke
  • Neurological conditions (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease)
  • A problem with your spleen e.g. sickle cell disease (or spleen removed)
  • Those with a weakened immune system.