WHO GETS FLU


Anyone can get flu, whether they feel healthy or not. Flu can spread easily. In fact, around 15–20% of people in the UK are infected each year.1

It can also be hard to tell who has flu just by looking at someone: about 1 in 3 people infected by the flu virus will not show any symptoms but can still spread flu.2

People who have certain health conditions are at risk of more serious illness or complications if they catch flu.3 Taking steps to help prevent the spread of flu may help protect you or someone you know from getting flu.4

Talk to your gp, nurse or pharmacist if you would like further information or advice about flu and the steps you can take to help prevent catching and spreading flu.



  • 1. NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group. Flu vaccine myth busters. Available at: https://www.thurrockccg.nhs.uk/your-health/information-leaflets/information-leaflets-2018/4418-flu-vaccine-myth-busters-2018/file [Last accessed November 2020].
  • 2. Vaccine Knowledge Project. Influenza (flu). Available at: https://vk.ovg.ox.ac.uk/vk/influenza-flu [Last accessed November 2020].
  • 3. NHS Inform Scotland. Flu. Available at: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/flu [Last accessed November 2020].
  • 4. Gov.UK. Flu vaccination: who should have it this winter and why. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flu-vaccination-who-should-have-it-this-winter-and-why [Last accessed November 2020].

Date of preparation: November 2020 | MAT-GB-2001683(v1.0)