Flu is an acute viral infection of the nose, mouth, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs. For most healthy people, it is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery generally within a week but for at-risk groups it is much more serious. Symptoms can include:
- Muscle and joint pain
Flu immunisation really is crucial in protecting those at risk, GPs offer free flu vaccinations to:
- People aged 65 years and over.
- Clinical at-risk groups.
- Pregnant women
- Carers and Health and social care workers.
- Residents in long-stay care homes
If you are in one of these at risk groups, contact your GP to arrange a free flu vaccination.
The NHS Seasonal 'flu vaccination will be available from many pharmacies from 1 September 2016 until 31 March 2017.
Give yourself an MOT
If you are aged between 40 and 74, you will be invited by your GP for a free health check every 5 years, alternatively you may contact your GP to arrange an appointment. The health check can spot early signs of high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes.
Every year, the NHS health check is expected to help:
- Save 650 lives
- Prevent 1,600 heart attacks and strokes
- Prevent 4,000 people from developing diabetes
- Detect at least 20,000 cases of diabetes or kidney disease earlier.