Catching a cold or the flu is something which can be a pain for anyone at any age. Even the healthiest of adults can be hugely impacted by getting the flu. But for older adults it can lead to some very serious health problems including pneumonia.
Did you know?
50% of flu cases show no symptoms at all?
That means that a lot of people pass it on unknowingly. This can mean that at-risk groups can contract it from their friends and family.
Last year the UK saw a massive increase in flu cases, which in turn stretched the capacity of the NHS and its services. GP appointments and 111 calls relating to the flu doubled compared to the previous year and more than 1 in 8 A&E visits were respiratory infections.
The best way to avoid the flu is to get vaccinated.
For 22 million of us in England that vaccination is free on the NHS through our GP or pharmacist.
This year, people aged 65 and over are being given a new type of vaccination which is the most effective for this age group available anywhere in the world.
Getting the flu vaccination will save hundreds of lives and thousands of trips to the GP or hospital this year.
If you haven’t yet had your jab, now is the time to go get protected as flu season begins this month.
To find out if you or your loved ones are among the 22 million people in England eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination, head to www.nhs.uk/staywell
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