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As most people know colds and flu spread easily by coughs and sneezes so simple hygiene measures such as covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough/sneeze and washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the risk of it spreading.
Over the past few years, you may have heard a lot about different sorts of flu virus, swine flu and the available vaccinations. To make sure that you know the facts from the myths, please read the infomation below.
Symptoms are usually worse than a cold and include a fever, chills, headache and extreme tiredness, aching muscles.
No, flu is a virus and not bacterial, so antibiotics won't treat it.
This year it will be easier than ever to get an NHS flu jab if you are at risk. Make an appointment with your GP to have a flu jab or ask one of the many community pharmacies who are providing free NHS jabs this year without an appointment.
Those who have a serious reaction to the flu vaccine or have a serious allergy to hens eggs cannot normally have the vaccine. This leaflet tells you what you need to know about the flu vaccination.
Flu vaccination - protect yourself and others (File Size:1 MB)
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