Anybody who has ever had flu will know it's not a very nice thing to have. This years flu vaccine will help decrease the chance of you catching flu although it is not 100% effective. If you are over 65, pregnant and/or have a long term medical condition (such as asthma or COPD) you are eligible for a free vaccine from your GP. This is also applicable to children, and your child may receive this in school. For a full list of who is eligible please see the www.nhs.uk website.
GP surgeries in Halton run flu clinics in the months leading to 'flu season' to help reduce the risk of patients catching the flu. You can view the flu clinics and flu advice on our flu webpage.
One of the reasons that people may not have the flu vaccine is that they have the misconception that the vaccine will give them the flu. This is false, as the vaccine contains a de-actived strain of the flu, and will 100% NOT give you the flu. You may have an ache in your arm after the vaccine but this will subside after a couple of hours.
The flu virus changes every year, so it's important you keep up to date with the latest flu vaccine. If you want more information and want to speak to a professional, please speak to your GP surgery.