The winter weather brings an increase in cases of flu – short for influenza – which is a highly infectious viral illness that is spread by coughing and sneezing. For many people flu is a nasty experience – like a very bad cold but worse - with the symptoms of headache, fever, sore throat aching joints and muscles making you retreat to your bed. For some, flu can be even worse, causing more serious illnesses or even result in death.
At risk groups
Those aged 50 and over (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2021)
have certain health conditions
are in a long-stay residential care
receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick