What is flu? Flu is a respiratory Illness caused by several strains of Influenza virus. These strains include H1N1 2009 (swine) flu and flu B.
Flu Vaccination. This year’s seasonal flu vaccination is effective against H1N1 (swine) flu and other strains of flu.
Seasonal flu vaccination is advised for all adults and children with the following conditions:
- a chronic chest condition such as asthma;
- a chronic heart condition;
- chronic liver disease;
- chronic kidney disease;
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroids or cancer therapy;
- a chronic neurological condition such as stroke, multiple sclerosis or a condition that affects your nervous system, such as cerebral palsy.
Pregnant women regardless of their stage of pregnancy, anyone aged 65 or over, anyone living in a residential or nursing home and main carers for an elderly or disabled person should also be vaccinated.