Flu is contagious and it can be passed through coughing, sneezing or by touching infected surfaces or people. Most flu outbreaks usually happen in late autumn or winter, and, for most people, it's an unpleasant but not a life-threatening condition.
What are the symptoms?
a high temperature
sweating, feeling feverish/chills
muscle and tiredness
a sore throat
a dry, chesty cough
loss of appetite
Do I need the flu jab?
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own in a week
However the flu can be more severe in certain people:
anyone aged 65 and over
children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
children and adults with weakened immune system
Where can I get the flu jab?
your GP surgery
local pharmacy offering the service
your midwifery service if they offer it for pregnant women