Influenza is very different to the common cold and may cause very high fevers, sore throats, aches and pains and a strong cough. People are generally ill in bed for several days.
The best protection is to get vaccinated ahead of the flu season.
Because the flu viruses change every year, it is important to get vaccinated every year, as the vaccines are updated to protect you more effectively.
Depending on your age, the vaccines differ slightly.
The vaccine will protect you within 2 weeks of being vaccinated, and will protect you throughout winter and spring. So the earlier you get vaccinated, the better!
At Palace Gate Practice, we hold flu clinics, where you can book a very short slot to get your vaccine done at your convenience.
We can also vaccinate you during any normal consultation.
Please ring reception for more information and remember to protect yourself against the flu!