Protect yourself and others.

The Flu situation is currently being monitored and more information will be posted when necessary.

Some people are at higher risk of complications, such as those with:

  • Chronic heart disease
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic neurological disease
  • Immunosuppression (whether caused by disease or treatment)
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • People who have had medical treatment for their asthmas within the past three years

And also:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children under 5 years old
  • People aged 65 years and older

If you are in one of these groups, you are urged to visit your GP for your flu immunisation to protect against winter flu.

If you have concerns, or are in an at-risk group, call your GP or call NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47.

If you are on holiday in Wales and need to contact a GP, please seek advice from where you are staying for local practice details.

For more information visit the following website: www.wales.nhs.uk

Myth Busting

Having the Flu is just like having a heavy cold - FALSE - A bad bout of flu is much worse than a heavy cold. Flu symptoms come on suddenly and you are likely to spend 2-3 days in bed. Complications could lead to hospitalisation.

Having the flu vaccine gives you flu - FALSE - The injected flu vaccine that is given to the adults contains inactivated flu viruses, so it can't give you flu.

Flu can be treated with antibiotics - FALSE - Viruses cause flu, and antibiotics only work against bacteria. You may be given antiviral medicines to treat your flu. Antivirals do not cure flu, but will make you less infectious to others and reduce the length of time you may be ill.

Once you've had the flu vaccine you're protected for life - FALSE - The virus that causes the flu can change every year, so you need a vaccination each year that matches the new viruses.

I'm pregnant, so I shouldn't have the flu jab because it will affect my baby - FALSE - You should ensure that you have the vaccine whatever stage of pregnancy you are in. If you are pregnant you could get very ill if you get the flu, which could also be bad for your baby.

The Flu jab won't protect me against swine flu - FALSE - The flu vaccine will protect against swine flu if it is expected to be circulating.

Children can't have the flu vaccine - FALSE - The nasal spray flu vaccine is recommended for healthy toddlers and young children. The flu vaccine is not suitable for babies under the age of six months.

Vitamin C can prevent flu - FALSE - No it can't. Many people think that taking daily vitamin C supplements will stop them getting flu, but there's no evidence to prove this.