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Preventing the spread of flu

You can help to prevent the spread of flu by practising good hygiene:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cleaning surfaces
  • Using tissues to cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or blow your nose (always put the tissue straight in the bin, don't reuse it).

Getting the flu vaccine also helps to prevent you from catching the flu by offering protection against the viruses.

How does the flu vaccination work?

The flu jab helps to prevent you from getting the flu. The injectable vaccine contains deactivated strains of the flu virus. When it is injected into the body, your immune system prepares to make antibodies to fight the virus. If you catch the flu after having had the vaccination your immune system will recognise the virus and be able to fight it using antibodies.

To find out if you are eligible for the free flu vaccine, take a look at NHS Choices.

Flu Vaccination: Winter 2017/2018 resources

All about flu and how to stop getting it - easy read for adults with learning difficulties

All about flu and how to stop getting it - easy read version for children with learning difficulties 

The flu vaccination - who should have it and why (includes information for children and pregnant women) 

Information for parents: protecting your child against flu 

Five reasons to vaccinate your child against flu - poster 

Flu vaccination poster for the over 65s or those with long term health conditions 

Poster for people with long term health conditions


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