Protect yourself against flu!
Date published: 15/11/2018
Every year in Wales ¾ million people are vaccinated against flu. Should you be one of them in 2018 - 19?
Flu can be serious. It can lead to serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia which may need hospital treatment. In a normal winter thousands of people will die from flu related illnesses in the UK.
Flu is more serious if you have a long-term health condition, are pregnant, or are aged 65 or older.
Every year there are outbreaks of flu, especially in hospitals and care homes, usually in winter.
The Flu vaccine usually prevents flu in four to six people in every 10 who have it. Flu viruses are constantly changing and the vaccine is changed each year to match the flu viruses likely to be circulating.
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There are different types of flu vaccine available and some work better in different age groups. It is important to have the best flu vaccine for your age.
Children from two years of age should have the nasal spray flu vaccine which helps protect against four flu strains. It is the best flu vaccine for children.
Adults up to 64 years of age should have a flu vaccine injection that protects against four flu strains.
Anyone aged 65 and over should have a different injectable flu vaccine, designed to work better in older people. It is known as aTIV and is the best flu vaccine for this age group.
Visit www.beatflu.org for further information.
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If you have any questions or want more information, talk to your doctor or nurse, visit www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk or call NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 or 111 if available in your area.
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