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Flu and COVID-19

Flu

Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. It’s a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. To find out more about the symptoms of flu visit the NHS website.

What causes flu?

Flu is caused by influenza viruses that infect the windpipe and lungs. And because it’s caused by viruses and not bacteria, antibiotics won’t treat it.

How do you catch flu?

When an infected person coughs or sneezes, they spread the flu virus in tiny droplets of saliva over a wide area. These droplets can then be breathed in by other people or they can be picked up by touching surfaces where the droplets have landed.

How do we protect against flu?

The flu vaccine provides the best protection available against a virus that can cause severe illness. The most likely viruses that will cause flu are identified in advance of the flu season and vaccines are then made to match them as closely as possible. The vaccines are given in the autumn ideally before flu starts circulating. During the last ten years the vaccine has generally been a good match for the circulating strains.

Flu vaccination: who should have it this winter and why?

If you are eligible for flu vaccination, you need to be vaccinated every year as the antibodies that protect you from flu decline over time, and flu strains change from year to year. It can take up to two weeks for your immunity to build up fully after you have had your flu vaccine. NHS Flu vaccine.

 

Where can you get the flu jab in Worcestershire?

To find a pharmacy that offers the flu jab visit NHS flu vaccine

COVID-19 autumn booster

Who should have it and why?

The COVID-19 autumn booster is being offered to people at higher risk from coronavirus. By taking up the booster vaccine this autumn, you will increase your protection ahead of the winter months, when respiratory viruses are typically at their peak. Some people may be eligible for both the flu and the COVID-19 booster vaccines.

Where can you get the COVID-19 autumn booster vaccination

You can visit this website to find out where you can get the covid booster vaccination locally to you:

How to get a booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Work in Health and Social Care?

For those working in a care home or health and care environment, where there are many vulnerable people, it is incredibly important to have the free flu and COVID-19 vaccine. It not only helps to protect you and your immediate family, but also helps to protect the people you support.

Breaking myths around flu

Here is a text version of the video:

Myth. Flu isn’t such a big deal.

Fact. On average 8,000 people die of flu in England every year, some years that figure reaches 14,000.

Myth. The flu vaccine gives you flu.

Fact. The adult flu jab doesn’t contain live virus so it’s impossible to get the flu from it.

Myth. Eating well and washing my hands will protect me from the flu.

Fact. Hand washing and a healthy diet are both beneficial, but the vaccine is the single most effective protection against flu.

Myth. You must avoid other people after your flu jab because you’ll be infectious.  The flu vaccine gives you flu.

Fact. The vaccine cannot give you flu so you won’t be infectious. You can carry on as normal.

Myth. It’s only old people who need the flu jab.

Fact. Anyone can have the flu jab and it’s especially recommended for social care workers and people who are vulnerable. If you work in health and social care, having your flu jab not only protects you, but also those around you.