Flu can be very serious. Like COVID-19, it is caused by a virus and it can lead to illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, which may need treatment in hospital.
There are outbreaks of flu most winters, especially in hospitals and care homes.
In a normal winter, thousands of people will die from flu-related illnesses in the UK.
This winter we may see COVID-19 and flu both circulating at the same time, so it’s very important to get protected.
Having a flu vaccine every year is one of the best ways to protect against flu.
Flu vaccines are quick and very safe, and could prevent weeks of serious illness.
Flu vaccines are given in a COVID-19 safe environment.
If you have any further questions or want more information, you can visit 111.wales.nhs.uk, talk to your doctor or nurse or call NHS 111 Wales.
If 111 is not available in your area please call 0845 46 47. Calls from landlines and mobiles cost 2p per minute plus your telephone provider’s usual charge.
You can find out more about flu vaccines, including their contents and possible side effects, at www.medicines.org.uk/emc Enter the name of the vaccine in the search box.
You can find out how to report suspected side effects online at yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/ or call the Yellow Card hotline on 0800 731 6789 (Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm).
A schedule showing which immunisations are routinely offered in Wales is available from 111.wales.nhs.uk/CompleteSchedule