DON’T underestimate the risks of FLU
SHOULD YOU BOOK A FLU JAB TODAY?
WHY IS FLU SERIOUS FOR SOME PEOPLE?
- Many people think flu is just a bad cold, but it isn’t – flu can develop into more serious illnesses, such as bronchitis and pneumonia, which could lead to a stay in hospital or even death in some cases.
- The number of deaths from flu varies each year – in the UK it can be as high as 10,000, but has reached more than 20,000 in a flu epidemic year.
- Although many people say they rarely get flu, each year around 15 – 20% of people in the UK are infected.
- Flu spreads easily – flu viruses can survive as particles in the air, or on surfaces such as door handles for several hours. So one person with flu can infect many others.
The Department of Health recommends flu vaccination if you are:
- Aged 65 or over
- A person with diabetes
- A person with a BMI of 40 or over
Or if you have a long term condition of the
- Lungs, e.g. asthma or COPD
- Brain or nervous system
- Immune System
The Department of Health advise vaccination to be your best option for protection, so if you’re in one of the groups listed above, don’t underestimate flu – book your jab today or talk to our staff for more information.
Did you know?
- People with flu can spread it to others up to 6 feet away
- During flu season, a cubic metre of air may contain around 16,000 flu viruses
- People coughing, talking and exhaling can project flu particles into the air.
- Flu viruses can survive as droplets in the air for several hours.