Flu can be stopped by vaccine, says Hampshire council

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STAVE off the flu and protect those around you by getting immunised.

That’s the message from Hampshire County Council, which is urging people to take steps against getting the disease.

Executive member for health Councillor Patricia Stallard said the flu season started in October.

Cllr Stallard said: ‘For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery time taking up to a week.

‘But people who catch the flu pass it on to an average of two people, putting those most vulnerable at an increased risk, including those with long-term health conditions and pregnant women.

‘In addition to the flu vaccination, everyone can reduce their risk of getting flu or passing it to others through good hygiene.

‘Using tissues when coughing or sneezing, binning these and washing hands regularly all stops infection spreading.’

The flu vaccine is offered free of charge by the NHS to those most at risk, including children in Years 1 and 2.