Flu is a common infectious disease caused by influenza (flu) viruses.

Flu is very infectious and easily spread to other people. You're more likely to give it to others in the first five days. There are several steps you can take to help prevent flu spreading.

To reduce the risk of spreading flu:

  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap
  • use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible.

Please do not visit healthcare facilities to visit relatives if you have the symptoms of flu. Flu can be fatal to people who are already poorly.

If you are a member of NHS or social care staff then please ensure you are vaccinated against flu. People can pass on flu without having symptoms of their own and vaccination is the best protection for you and the people you care for.

Our front line staff are eligible for a free flu jab.

Flu will usually sort itself out, although you will feel very ill for a few days. However it can be very dangerous for vulnerable people.

Read about the symptoms of flu and what to do about it (opens in a new window).

Flu can be very serious for some people. If you develop sudden chest pain, have difficulty breathing, or start to cough up blood then call 999 or go to A and E.