Flu can be very serious for vulnerable people. People aged 65 and over, pregnant women and people with long-term health conditions including diabetes, kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are particularly at risk. The best way to prevent getting flu is to have the flu jab (or flu nasal spray for children). This vaccine gives good protection against flu and lasts for one year.

NHS Choices gives information on the flu jab and advice on managing flu, including:

  • What to do
  • When to see your GP
  • How long does flu last and is it serious?
  • How you catch flu
  • Preventing the spread of flu
  • The flu vaccine
  • Other types of flu.