The trouble with flu is that it can kill! It also makes you feel rotten and just as bad it is highly infectious.
People who are elderly, have respiratory problems or other chronic illness are at serious risk if they catch the flu. Immunisation for these groups of people is critical for them to remain healthy. Immunisation for everyone is also a good idea to stop the spread of it to the vulnerable. Influenza can infect up to 1 in 5 of us every year: spread through droplets from coughing and sneezing. Of the 200,000 people who will contract flu each year up to 400 will die so this is a pretty serious but avoidable problem. And being fit and healthy is no barrier to getting the flu and potentially dying from it.
Flu is much more than a bad cold although many of the early symptoms are the same. You could end up in hospital or bed for a week or more.
Stop the spread of the flu by staying at home until you are better and follow some basic common sense practices:
Wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, don’t share drinks or food and avoid crowded places.
So please get immunised. Seasonal influenza vaccinations are recognised as being the single most effective way of reducing the impact of seasonal influenza — especially for those most at risk of complications.
Flu can be anywhere. Get immunised. Protect yourself. Protect your family. Protect your community.