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Flu is a common and very infectious viral illness that passes from person to person by coughing and sneezing. Flu can be caught at any time of the year but is more common in winter which is why it is often referred to as ‘seasonal flu’. It differs from the common cold, being more severe and long lasting - usually lasting between 2 and 7 days.
The vaccine can take up to two weeks to provide protection but you can still catch flu even if you have had it so it is important to practice good hygiene, such as regularly washing your hands, to keep your risk of developing flu low.
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