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What is Flu?
The flu virus is a highly infectious acute respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Influenza affects people of all ages. Outbreaks of influenza occur almost every year, mostly in winter. The flu is often self-limiting however it can be severe and can cause serious illness and death, especially in the very young and in the elderly.
Complications of Flu
Serious respiratory complications can develop, including pneumonia and bronchitis, to which older people and those with certain chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible. Between 200 and 500 people, mainly older people, die from influenza each winter. Pregnant women have also been found to be at increased risk of the complications of flu.
Flu can be prevented by vaccination. Flu vaccine is a safe, effective way to help prevent flu infection, avoiding hospitalisation, reducing flu related deaths and illnesses. Seasonal flu vaccine helps the person's immune system to produce antibodies to the flu virus.
Who should get the Flu Vaccine?
Vaccination is strongly recommended for:
• Persons aged 65 and over
• Those aged 6 months and older with a long-term health condition such as - Chronic heart disease (this includes anyone who has a history of having a "heart attack" or unstable angina) - Chronic liver disease - Chronic renal failure - Chronic respiratory disease, including COPD, cystic fibrosis or asthma - Chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system - Diabetes mellitus - Down syndrome - Haemoglobinopathies - Morbid obesity i.e. body mass index over 40 - Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (these include anyone on treatment for cancer)
• Children aged 6 months and older - with any condition that can affect lung function especially those attending special schools/day centres with cerebral palsy or intellectual disability - on long-term aspirin therapy (because of the risk of Reyes syndrome)
• Pregnant women (vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy)
• Healthcare workers
• Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions
• Carers (the main carers of those in the at risk groups)
• People with regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl.
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