Conwy People ’s Partnership, is assisting Public Health Wales with their campaign to raise awareness of ‘seasonal flu’.
Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a respiratory illness, affecting the lungs and airways, and is the result of an infection caused by an influenza virus.
Flu vaccination by injection (the “flu jab”) is available free every year on the NHS to protect adults at risk (and some children) of flu and its complications. There is also a nasal spray vaccine for all two, three and four-year-olds and children in school in reception class, year one, two and three, as well as children aged from 2 to 18 with a long-term health condition.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you’re otherwise healthy it usually clears up on its own within a week. However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:
- anyone aged 65 and over
- pregnant women
- children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu such as pneumonia (a serious lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.
Further information please visit:
http://www.healthchallengewales.org/beat-flu-campaign or contact your GP or Pharmacy