Flu can be very serious. Like COVID-19, it is caused by a virus, which is spread by coughs and sneezes. Symptoms of flu can be mild, but can also lead to more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, which may need treatment in hospital.
Flu is very infectious, and symptoms can come on very quickly. Symptoms of flu include a high temperature, tiredness and weakness, headache, aches and pains and a cough. More information about flu is available from: NHS 111 Wales - Health A-Z : Flu (external site)
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. Having a flu vaccine every year is one of the best ways to protect against flu.
This winter we may see COVID-19 and flu both circulating at the same time, so it’s very important to get protected.
Flu vaccines are quick and very safe, and could prevent weeks of serious illness.
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.
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 www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or by calling 0800 731 6789 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).
A schedule showing which immunisations are routinely offered in Wales is available from : phw.nhs.wales/CompleteSchedule