7 Flu Myths: Have you had your jab?

You may have seen in the media that flu is currently on the rise in the UK, with figures showing this is now the worst flu season for seven years.

If you are in an at-risk group, you can protect yourself by having the flu jab. It’s free, so ask your GP, practice nurse or local pharmacist if you:

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  • are 65 years of age or over
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill

Front line health workers are also encouraged to have the vaccination. Trust staff can find out how to get their jab on Connect.


Don’t let the common flu myths put you off having your jab. Below you can see some flu myths and the facts behind them.