Make sure you have a flu vaccination

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It’s easy to become infected

The flu virus is spread through coughing and sneezing or through close contact with an infected person. Common symptoms include a cough, headache, sudden fever, and aching muscles and joints. Flu generally lasts for about seven days, but you may feel tired for a few weeks. Although flu is not dangerous for most people, certain individuals could become severely ill with a life-threatening condition, such as pneumonia and sepsis.

You run a greater risk of becoming severely ill and you ought to have a flu vaccination if you are

  • aged 65 or over
  • pregnant
  • an adult or child over the age of six months with:
    - chronic heart disease       
    - a chronic lung condition, such as chronic obstructive lung disease or severe asthma
    - reduced lung function or cough capacity due to extreme obesity, neuromuscular disease, multiple disabilities, or other conditions
    - chronic liver or kidney disease
    - diabetes
    - a considerably weakened immune system due to disease or medication.

Vaccination is the best protection against flu

Flu is a virus and is constantly changing, which means the vaccine needs to be adapted before each new influenza season. To ensure you have the best possible protection, it is important you have a flu vaccination each year. If you become ill despite being vaccinated, the symptoms are in most cases less severe. After you have had a flu vaccination your arm may feel tender and there might be some swelling around the injection site. Some people have a mild fever, which passes after a few days. Severe side effects are extremely rare.

When and where can you have a flu vaccination?

Flu vaccinations are in most cases available from November. Contact your medical centre if you would like a flu vaccination or further information. Information is also available at 1177.se.

What does it cost? 

If you fall into any of the categories listed above, a flu vaccination is free of charge.

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