Flu is a highly infectious illness which infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.
Patients who are in the following risk groups or have the following conditions are eligible to receive a vaccination which is free of charge on the NHS.
- Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma which requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), COPD emphysema or bronchitis
- Chronic heart, kidney or liver disease
- Chronic neurological conditions, such as parkinsons disease, motor neurone or multiple sclerosis.
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