Fight the Flu – 2020/21

Fight the Flu – 2020/21

Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it is sometimes called seasonal flu. It is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. Colds are much less serious and usually start gradually with a stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat. A bad bout of flu can be much worse than a heavy cold.

Flu vaccination is especially important this year as more people are likely to get flu this
winter. This is because less people will have built up immunity against the virus this year due
to measures put in place for COVID-19 (mask-wearing, physical and social distancing,
restrictions on international travel).

This is also the first year that flu will co-circulate alongside COVID-19. Research has shown that if you catch both viruses at the same time you are at increased risk of getting seriously ill. The best way to avoid catching and spreading flu is by having the vaccination before the flu season starts.

The success of our flu immunisation programme is crucial to supporting the resilience of our health and care systems.

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Key Messages

  • higher demand for flu vaccine is expected this autumn because of concerns about COVID-19, which is likely to be co-circulating alongside the seasonal influenza viruses
  • the childhood flu programme is being extended to reduce the impact of seasonal flu on children and reduce transmission of flu within the community
  • drive to ensure the universal vaccination of frontline health and care workers, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/ clients
  • by reducing transmission of flu, we should be able to avert many cases of severe flu and flu-related deaths in older adults and those in clinical at-risk groups

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It is best to have the flu vaccination in the autumn before any outbreaks of flu. Remember that you need it every year, you will not be protected because you had one last year.

Download a flu campaign poster HERE.

If you want more advice and information about the flu vaccination, speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.