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  • Influenza is a viral disease that causes widespread illness every year.
  • Immunisation and practising prevention measures for people who are at risk of complications from the flu are the best ways we can reduce the number of flu infections and deaths.
  • Influenza immunisation is recommended for everyone from 6 months of age who want to protect themselves from the flu and it’s complications.
  • People who work or live with people who are at risk of serious complications should also be immunised to avoid spreading the flu.
  • The vaccine cannot give you a dose of flu because it does not contain any live virus.
  • The symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu can be similar. If you are unwell with flu-like symptoms, contact the COVID-19 hotline, or your GP to check if you need testing.
  • You must wait at least 7 days between getting your flu vaccine and your COVID-19 vaccine.

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Reviewed on: 12-05-2021