Flu season advice from Public Health Slough

Did you know….between 50 and 100 people die every year in Slough due to the Flu, a third of which are otherwise healthy individuals with no underlying health conditions. Do you want to risk getting the flu?

Flu facts:

1) Flu is NOT a bad cold. Flu can leave you bedridden for weeks and potentially lead to hospital admission and death

2) You CANNOT get the flu from the jab – The adult jab is not a live vaccine, so it is impossible to get the flu from the jab. If you become ill after it will because you were already ill/infected or have a different illness

3) The MOST effective way of not getting the flu is getting the flu jab- A healthy diet and lots of vitamin C makes no difference to your chances of getting the flu. Remember, it’s not a cold!

You are advised to have the flu vaccination if you:

  • are 65 years of age or over
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • Carers
  • are human

If you don’t qualify for a free vaccine then you can simply pop to your local pharmacy and pay to have one done. Usually around £6-10 e.g. Tesco, Asda, Boots etc..