From flu to hay fever, some of the most common conditions can be very annoying and frustrating for many. For some vulnerable people, seasonal health conditions can also be dangerous.
The free NHS flu jab
The NHS offers the free flu jab in Solihull, an injection, every year as winter approaches. You should get your flu vaccination if you:
- are an older person 65 years old or above
- have a long term health condition such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease
- live in a residential or nursing home
- are pregnant
If you are in this vulnerable group getting flu could lead to more serious health issues such as pneumonia.
If you are a carer you should also have the free flu jab.
The flu jab is a vaccine. This means it protects you from getting flu. It is completely safe and cannot give you influenza.
If you would like to have the flu jab you can speak with your GP. The injection will usually be given to you by your practice nurse that works at the surgery.
For more information about the free seasonal flu jab from the NHS you can visit the NHS Choices website.
There are many other common winter health conditions to be aware of and the Winter Warmth Helpline page has sensible advice and top tips on how to stay warm. You can also visit:
- the NHS Choices website to learn more about how to deal with cold weather health conditions including:
- seasonal affective disorder
- sore throats
Flu, which is short for influenza, is one of the most common infections in the UK. It is spread by coughing and sneezing and can be caught at any time of the year.
It is most common during the colder winter months.
Most people that catch flu will begin to feel better after a week or so. Some people are more vulnerable than others.
It is an unpleasant infection, with symptoms including:
- high temperatures of 38C or above
- aches and pains
- dry, chesty coughs
Full advice on flu symptoms is available from the NHS Choices website.
Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you'll usually begin to feel better within about a week.
You can catch flu – short for influenza – all year round, but it's especially common in winter, which is why it's also known as "seasonal flu".