Seasonal flu jab

What is flu? Isn’t it just a heavy cold? How will I know I’ve got it?

Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. It’s a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. Colds are much less serious and usually start gradually with a stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat.
A bad bout of flu is much worse than a heavy cold. The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. In most cases, the symptoms are quite mild, but in others, they can be very serious.
Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days but for some the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.