Seasonal Flu

  • Flu is a common infectious illness spread by coughs and sneezes which contain the influenza virus. It can be very unpleasant, but you'll usually begin to feel better within about a week. You can catch flu all year round, but it is especially common in winter, so, it is also known as "seasonal flu". It's not the same as the common cold.Flu is caused by a different group of viruses. The symptoms tend to start more suddenly, be more severe and last longer. Read more about flu and how to combat it.
  • The flu vaccine reduces the risk of catching flu, as well as spreading it to others. It's more effective to get the vaccine before the start of the flu season. Find out if you're eligible for the free NHS flu vaccine
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Protecting children from flu : Annual flu nasal spray

  • The flu vaccine is available in a nasal spray form for children. Flu nasal Spray or vaccine is available free on the NHS for eligible children. Preschool children can get it in their GP surgery. The school immunisation team will give them for eligible children in their schools. For more information including who is eligible please visit NHS Choices Child flu page.