Why get a flu shot?

Flu is not a mild illness. It can keep you in bed for a week or more, preventing you from caring for others, going to work, doing sport, attending church or just about anything that requires leaving the house.

Protects against serious complications

Flu can be a serious illness. People of any age can be so unwell with flu that they need hospital treatment. You are at particular risk if you’re older or have an underlying medical condition. 

People with underlying health conditions are most at risk from the complications of flu. Flu can make an existing medical condition, such as asthma, emphysema, heart disease or diabetes, a lot worse.

Supports health ageing

As you get older you are more likely to get infectious diseases like flu, and you have a higher risk of developing serious complications. Your immune system is not as good at protecting you as you age, even if you feel fit and healthy.

After having flu, older people may not be able to do the ordinary things as easily or as well as they did before they got ill, like bathing and dressing, shopping and cooking, doing hobbies or attending social activities. Some older people with flu will die.

Having the vaccine, supports healthy ageing, maintenance of independence and quality of life for older people.

Prevents heart attacks

People are more likely to have a heart attack in the weeks after they have had flu, even if they have no known heart condition. Flu vaccination has been shown to be as good at preventing a heart attack as stopping smoking or taking medicines to lower cholesterol or high blood pressure. 

Protects pregnant mum and baby

If you get flu in pregnancy, it can put the life of your baby and you at risk. Pregnant women are five times more likely to need hospital treatment for flu than women who are not pregnant. 

When you have the vaccine during pregnancy, it will protect both you and your baby before and after birth.