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Flu is serious and is different to the common cold. Symptoms include a high temperature, body aches and fatigue.

The free flu vaccination is offered to those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu - typically during Autumn / Winter. This includes people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, those with underlying health conditions and children.

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.

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

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.