Influenza(flu) is a highly infectious viral illness that affects the respiratory system.
FLU & vaccination
Mortality rate of Flu in UK, 2017/18
Influenza virus affects the lungs. It is transmitted through respiratory droplets. It enters the body when breath in and leaves through coughs and sneezes. The aggressive reaction of the immune system to flu cause symptoms like sudden high fever,headache,cough and sore throat, muscle pain. It also weakens the Immune system, people with weak immune system eg the elderly develop pneumonia and that can lead to death.
Getting a flu vaccine each year is the best way to prevent flu.
Overall flu vaccine uptake in United Kingdom among all age groups is 59%. Over thousands of people are not getting vaccinated.
NOTE Under 6 months old are too young to receive Flu vaccine
How to prevent the Flu?
Another way to prevent the flu is by washing your hands frequently.